Blackpool sign Moroccan star

Pic by Avril Husband/Griffiths Photographers'Barclays Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Blackpool The Hawthorns 15-01-2011'Ian Holloway in a pensive mood

Pic by Avril Husband/Griffiths Photographers'Barclays Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Blackpool The Hawthorns 15-01-2011'Ian Holloway in a pensive mood

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IAN Holloway has completed his first signing of the transfer window and launched a fresh plea to Charlie Adam to stay until the end of the season.

He has snapped up Moroccan international Salaheddine Sbai.

The left-back will join from Nimes and will almost certainly start against West Ham next Wednesday, with Stephen Crainey out with ankle ligament damage and David Carney unlikely to be back from the Asian Cup after his Australia side reached the final.

Adam was cheered every step of the way by the Bloomfield Road crowd against Manchester United last night, proving wrong those who suggested there may be an adverse reaction to his transfer request.

The skipper created both Pool goals and Sir Alex Ferguson commented afterwards that “Charlie’s corner kicks alone are worth £10m”.