IAN Holloway has told Charlie Adam to have the game of his life against Manchester United tonight and force Liverpool to make an offer the Seasiders can’t refuse.
Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston has turned down a transfer request from Adam, who is now dead set on moving to Anfield.
There is no way the Seasiders will sell their prized asset for £4m – the current top bid, made by Kenny Dalglish’s club – and Holloway believes his captain is worth £14-16m.
However, if Liverpool make an improved offer, in the region of £6m-plus, Oyston and Holloway may be tempted to accept it rather than keep an unhappy player on their books.
To prompt Liverpool to increase their bid, Holloway has urged Adam to turn on the style against United at Bloomfield Road and prove he is worth the money.
“Charlie has handed in a transfer request. He wants to go to Liverpool and I wouldn’t want to stand in his way,” said Holloway.
“I wrote a list of teams down that I’d let him go to and Liverpool was one of them. But it is not my club and it is not my money.
“If it isn’t handled correctly, my chairman will dig his heels in. I will have a very unhappy player on my hands and my chairman won’t care.
“Damian Comolli (Liverpool’s director of football strategy) rang my chairman on Sunday night, faffing about. He didn’t make any sense, said my chairman. You either make an offer which is acceptable or go away.
“Liverpool like my player, which is great. But if they only value him like they do, then Charlie needs to play even better and make them pay more.
“If they pay me a decent amount of money, then away we go.
“In fact, I think they are mad not to buy him off us. They haven’t replaced Alonso and they need someone like Charlie. They haven’t got that passer. Charlie is their man.
“If I was the Liverpool manager, I’d have him in my team by now. I’d have come up with the right amount of money because I believe in him that much.
“But they know we won’t accept £4m, so either put up or shut up.
“In the meantime, if Charlie plays well against Manchester United and passes like he can, and if we can pull off the shock of all shocks and get a result, then a lot more people might like him.
“He should be aiming to have the game of his life, so people might realise exactly how good he is and start offering what he’s worth, which certainly ain’t £4m.”