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Houllier Rebuffed in £2.5m Adam Bid

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has reportedly had a £2.5m offer for Blackpool talisman Charlie Adam rejected. The midfielder, who arrived from Scottish giants Rangers in 2009 for £500,000, quickly proved to be a bargain for Ian Holloway’s side and was made captain of the club just months after joining. The 25-year-old proved instrumental in Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League last season, as the club’s top goalscorer and playmaker. Since then he has attracted interest from a number of Premier League club’s and has continued to impress in the top-flight this year. He played alongside countrymen Barry Bannan at the Seasiders last year while the young Villan enjoyed a loan spell with the club. The Scotland international has played 18 times in the league this term, scoring 3 and setting up another 3 as well as netting in his only League Cup appearance this campaign. Last year he netted an impressive 16 times in the league as a mainstay in the Blackpool squad with 43 appearances. In those 43 games he also set up 9 goals for his teammates but did pick up 13 yellows in the process. He has already served a one match suspension after receiving 5 cautions this term. Adam has 6 senior international caps after struggling to break into the team behind the likes of captain Darren Fletcher. Alex McLeish is also thought to hold a firm interest in Adam after managing him at Rangers but a bid of £2m falls short of that offered by Villa and is set to be laughed off with Blackpool’s valuation of their skipper still unknown. I like this link a lot and am pleased that Houllier has spotted such a talent at home rather than having to scour the ranks abroad. I believe a bid of around £4m would be well worth an effort, what do you think the midfielder is worth and is he worth pursuing?

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