BLACKPOOL skipper Charlie Adam has handed in a transfer request.
The 25-year-old asked to leave on Monday after chairman Karl Oyston rejected a £4m bid from Liverpool over the weekend.
Pool boss Ian Holloway confirmed Adam’s request but said there was no issue to discuss because Liverpool’s offer of £4million does not meet his club’s valuation.
However, it appears Adam is attempting to force the issue by submitting a transfer request.
Speaking at a press conference ahead tomorrow’s game with Manchester United, Holloway said:
“I expected it really, Liverpool are a massive club.”
“He can’t force the issue, so until there is an acceptable offer made, he won’t be going anywhere.”
The move could 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 he now forfeits that bonus.
“If I was the Liverpool manager I would want to buy him because they have never replaced Xabi Alonso,” said Holloway.
“But you have to come up with the right amount of money. I don’t want to stand in his way, but they have to put up or shut up.”
Holloway revealed chairman Karl Oyston had taken a call from the Reds’ director of football strategy Damian Comolli on Sunday which merely left the picture even more confused.
“He ummed and aahed and apparently did not make much sense,” he siad.
The Seasiders chief also confirmed he had given no thought to leaving Adam out of Tuesday night’s high-profile encounter with Manchester United.
“Not a chance,” he said. “If I tried to stop that boy playing against Manchester United he would probably kill me.
“Charlie loves this club and just because he puts a transfer request in doesn’t change that.”
Adam arrived at Bloomfield Road in January 2009 initially on loan from Rangers.
He sealed a permanent move that summer after Blackpool paid £500,000 for his services.
Adam responded with 19 goals as the club sealed a remarkable promotion to the Barclays Premier League through the play-offs.
He was back on target for the fourth time this season on Saturday when he scored from the penalty spot in the 2-1 defeat by Sunderland.