ASTON Villa manager Gerard Houllier has claimed he prefers his current crop of midfielders to transfer window target Charlie Adam ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Blackpool.
Villa had two bids for Tangerines captain Adam rejected by his club last month and Houllier was involved in some public exchanges with Blackpool boss Ian Holloway over the 25-year-old.
But now, after bringing in Lyon’s Jean Makoun and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Michael Bradley to complement the likes of Stiliyan Petrov and Nigel Reo-Coker, Houllier is more than happy with the midfielders at his disposal.
The Frenchman said: “Adam was a target for us, Liverpool and Tottenham. I like the player, otherwise I wouldn’t have made a bid, an official bid. But I prefer my midfielders. We’ve recruited some good players.”
Houllier declined to comment on whether he might renew his interest in Adam during the summer.
He said: “We’re not talking about the future. We’re talking about this game with Blackpool, which is very important.”
Houllier will not allow the likes of Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph, Nathan Baker and Chris Herd to go out on loan to npower Championship clubs this month.
He said: “There is no chance of that because they’ve got four months to learn things here. Barry and the others will be training with the first team.”