Blackpool close-in on two new stars as Adam talk grows

Charlie Adam celebrates his goal on Saturday
Charlie Adam celebrates his goal on Saturday
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POOL are concentrating on making some signings as fears grow that Charlie Adam may try to force a transfer away from the club.

The Gazette understands the Seasiders have virtually completed two signings, to be announced this week, and are chasing two other players.

The club are staying tight-lipped over who they will be bringing in.

“I won’t talk about other people’s players. I wouldn’t be so rude and undignified,” said Holloway – a clear dig at Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier, who spoke to the press about his interest in Adam -– but two strikers and a left-back are on the wanted list.

At least one of these will be from abroad and probably spotted on a DVD sent by an agent, like Elliot Grandin was.

But ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited home clash with Manchester United, all the talk is about Adam and whether he will still be a Blackpool player when the transfer window closes next week.

The chase for the Seasiders skipper has hotted up since Liverpool lodged a £4m bid.

Holloway admitted Liverpool are one of the top clubs he had promised Adam could be sold to.

But the manager says there is no way he will accept a “disgraceful” £4m offer, telling Kenny Dalglish’s club to “go whistle”.

The worry is that Adam, who would jump at the opportunity to join Liverpool, will try to force the issue by submitting a transfer request.

If he did that, however, it would cost the player himself close to £1m.

There is a clause in Adam’s contract entitling him to 20 per cent of any transfer fee – but if he hands in a transfer request he forfeits that 20 per cent.

Holloway isn’t concerning himself with all that – he just wants Liverpool and any other suitors to know they won’t be getting his captain on the cheap.

“I had a pact with Charlie when he first came here that if one of the big four clubs came in for him – and Liverpool are one of the big four, though unfortunately for them not at the moment in terms of league position – then he could go,” said Holloway.

“So when Liverpool came in, I thought, fantastic. What a great club for him to go to next.”

FOR MORE ON THE CHARLIE ADAM SAGA SEE MONDAY’S GAZETTE.