Ian Holloway has conceded defeat in his attempt to keep Charlie Adam at Bloomfield Road for the foreseeable future.
Ollie is a tough negotiator however, and will not let go of his prized asset until he receives an offer he deems worthy of Adam’s performances for the Tangerines over the previous eighteen months.
Holloway was sanguine with Adam’s transfer request, admitting it was in the player’s interests to fulfil a childhood dream by joining Liverpool. Whilst negotiations proceed, Adam will continue playing for Blackpool too. “I completely understand Charlie wanting to go but he understands our position too,” Holloway told The Guardian. “If Liverpool want him now, instead of waiting until summer which would be easier for us, they have to pay a fair price, a price that reflects the loss to us.”
Reds wait on Suarez.
As Charlie Adam moved a step closer to a transfer to Liverpool by handing a transfer request to Blackpool, Liverpool hope that fellow target Luis Suarez will follow suit by declaring his intention to leave Ajax and join the Merseysiders. Liverpool believe that such a move would make it infinitely easier to attract their man to the club, putting an end to a long-running transfer saga.
The news comes as Liverpool’s sporting director Damien Comolli was told that an offer in the region of £30 million would be required to tempt the Amsterdam giants to sell. The Daily Telegraph reports that the situation is complicated because, although the player wishes to join Liverpool, he is wary of offending his current employers by handing in a transfer request. One feels that this is a saga which will run and run.
Babel to stay.
Kenny Dalglish is adamant that Ryan Babel will remain a Liverpool player come the end of the January transfer window, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Babel had been locked in negotiations with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim after the Merseysiders accepted a £7 million bid, but rejected the move, preferring to rejoin his former employers Ajax.
Indeed, speculation remains rife that Babel will be involved in a deal to take Luis Suarez to Anfield. But when questioned about Babel’s future on Merseyside, Dalglish said: “He is staying here.” King Kenny preferred to discuss the players already at his disposal rather than speculate on future transfers. “If we have some business to discuss we will discuss it.” He said. “The most important people we have are the people at this club.”