CHARLIE Adam’s reign as King of Blackpool is over.
The skipper who played such a key part in the club’s remarkable recent rise finally sealed his long-awaited move to Liverpool late last night.
It brought to an end the year’s longest running transfer saga, with the Reds first attempting to sign the 25-year-old during the January transfer window.
It was an open secret that Adam would move to Anfield this summer, it was just a question of agreeing a fee which satisfied Blackpool and – in particular – the chairman Karl Oyston.
With Pool set to depart for a nine-day training camp in Portugal tomorrow, both parties stepped up their efforts to push the move through.
The deal was hammered out in principal at a meeting on Tuesday evening, with the final details agreed yesterday morning. Just after midday, Adam was told to drive to Merseyside for a medical.
He was met at Liverpool’s academy by manager Kenny Dalglish, who personally drove Adam to the Reds’ Melwood training ground for a thorough medical.
The Seasiders are staying tight-lipped over any details, though The Gazette understands that Liverpool have paid around £7m for the midfielder – half a million more than their top offer in January – and that no Liverpool players are involved in the deal.
However, the Seasiders could sign two Reds youngsters on permanent terms in separate deals, though speculation that Stephen Darby, Jonjo Shelvey or Danny Wilson could move to Bloomfield Road on loan is wide of the mark.
Neither chairman Oyston nor manager Ian Holloway was available for interview last night.
The club’s website ran only this brief statement: “Blackpool Football Club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Liverpool for the transfer of skipper Charlie Adam.
“The 25-year-old has now been granted permission to discuss personal terms with the club and have a medical.”
Adam won’t have long to dwell on his move. In a few days he will join his new team-mates as they jet off on a tour of Asia.
He can expect to make his debut against Guangdong in what will be the club’s first ever game in China.
Liverpool then take on Malaysia before returning to England to play Hull – ironically the Seasiders’ first Championship opponents.
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