POOL have confirmed they’ve held “preliminary discussions” with Liverpool and other Premier League clubs about Charlie Adam.
But chairman Karl Oyston insists no firm offers have been made and it’s news to him if the Scot is about to leave.
Media reports suggest Adam will hold talks with Liverpool and Aston Villa later this week.
Oyston told The Gazette: “We’ve had a few discussions this summer but nothing conclusive so really there is nothing to report.
“Are the reports wide of the mark? I’m sure that football clubs have talks with lots of players all summer that they probably shouldn’t do.
“I’m sure that goes on. If January is anything to go by that is certainly the case.
“It is always difficult (when speculation starts).”
Asked to confirm Liverpool had made contact, he replied: “We’ve had a few very preliminary discussions and enquiries but nothing of any substance so there really is nothing to report at this stage about interest from anyone.”
Oyston turned down a £6.4m bid from Liverpool in January, and a lesser bid from Tottenham.
It would take at least £8m to persuade the chairman to part with the club’s star player
Asked if he accepted Adam wouldn’t be at Bloomfield Road next season, Oyston said: “You are asking me to comment on something that it totally outside my control.
“I don’t control what offers or proposals other clubs will put to us.”
But told he did control it – ‘you could,’ I said, ‘be offered £50m and say no? – Oyston replied: “Yes of course I could but I think I’d be hauled off in a little van and put in a straitjacket and not released for sometime.
“But, yes, it would be my call at that stage (when a bid is made) but for that to happen someone else has to offer something that is creditable and represents fair value and the loss of a player that has done very well for us.
“That part isn’t in my control is what I mean. I can’t determine what other clubs will offer us.”
Whatever Oyston says, it is clear that Pool are likely to lose their skipper at some stage before the start of next season.
It has been mooted that they might look for a cash plus player deal should a transfer happen, with Jonjo Shelvey at Liverpool and former loanee Barry Bannan at Aston Villa players that might interest boss Ian Holloway.
“Would we do a part player swap? It depends who it is,” added Oyston. “If we deal with a good club with good players then probably, yes.”