Blackpool has rejected Charlie Adam's transfer request, according to reports.The Tangerines captain handed in a formal request this morning but has since seem this desire to move denied, having already rejected £4 million bids from Liverpool and Aston Villa.
According to The Guardian, Adam's request was partially motivated by Blackpool's refusal to enter into negotiations with Liverpool, with the 25-year-old Scot said to be "particularly riled." Quoted in the BBC his weekend, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway described Liverpool's offer as "derisory, " saying"We're not stupid little Blackpool. If you want him, I want the right amount of money."
The Guardian speculated Holloway's current valuation of Adam is £8 million, still a seemingly low figure for a player so integral to the Tangerines' success. Without him, Blackpool's chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League take a major hit, with the effect of relegation transcending the transfer fee they're likely to garner.
Adam, however, is out of contract come summer. That along with Adam's request may force Blackpool to sell for less than they would have otherwise hoped, their captain seemingly intent to cash in on his good form.
Speaking to the BBC, Holloway expressed empathy with Liverpool's pursuit. The Blackpool manager did, however, reiterate his insistence on getting full value.
"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."
Adam has been at Bloomfield Road since February 2009, initially moving on loan before a permanent deal was secured in August of that year. Blackpool paid Scottish Premier League side Rangers £500,000, signing him to a two year deal that expires at the end of the season.