CHARLIE Adam has been told he “owes it” to Blackpool to stay until at least the end of the season.
The Seasiders skipper played a key role in helping his team complete a memorable double over Liverpool, and added a few more noughts to his price tag in the process.
But Ian Holloway has made it clear he does not want to lose Adam anytime soon and says the highest bid yet of £3.5m – believed to be from Aston Villa – is insulting.
“They can shove their bid wherever they like it because if they think he is only worth £3.5m they are watching a different game to me,” said the boss.
“I think Charlie owes it to us to stay and then he will have a choice of clubs to go to as long as his arm.
“I want him to go to a club which is not struggling. It has always been my goal to get him to one of the top five or six clubs.
“If Manchester United ring me and make me a realistic offer, I might have to consider it but until then ... dream on.”
They are the most forceful comments from the manager yet and hammer home his determination to turn down all bids for his captain and talisman during the transfer window. Holloway is more concerned about adding to his squad and continues to be linked with a host of players.
West Brom winger Giles Barnes is thought to be one target, while Barnsley’s Adam Hammill remains on the radar, though the wideman would have to drop his wage demands for a deal to be struck.
“I want him to go to a club which is not struggling, it’s always been my goal to get him to one of the top five or six clubs,” Holloway said.
“He wants one day to go to a bigger club than us and, where we are in the league (ninth), there aren’t too many.
“I want him to go to a place where he is likely to win, where he is not going to plug a hole and his manager is in a solid position.
“I want him to go to a place where he is loved, cherished and appreciated and that is certainly not any of the teams that have rung up about him so far.
“No disrespect to them but they are wasting their time.
“They can shove their bid wherever they like it because if they think he is only worth £3.5million they are watching a different game to the one I am.
“If they want to insult me by offering £3.5million then, sorry, they are barking up the wrong tree, they are messing with the wrong dog.
“I’ve seen what he does and some of it is genius - and you don’t get genius cheap.”