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Liverpool hope to beat Aston Villa to £8m midfielder

Liverpool could be set to complete the £8m signing of Blackpool captain Charlie Adam this weekend after both clubs finally came to an agreement on the details of the transfer.

Kenny Dalglish has made it clear since the end of last season that he would like to secure Adam’s services, but with Blackpool understandably looking to get as much as they possibly can for their star man, the deal has dragged on somewhat.

However, director of football at Liverpool Damien Comolli and Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston have been discussing the deal at length and are very close to an agreement.

The sticking point in the deal has been each club’s differing valuation of the player. Liverpool are thought to have started out with a bid of £6.5m, but Blackpool are holding out for around £10m.

With both parties keen to get the deal sorted as soon as possible though, they could meet in the middle and settle for £8m. It would then be case of the player agreeing personal terms, something which shouldn’t take long given the attraction of the move.

Something which could throw a spanner in the works is interest from other clubs. Aston Villa are after a replacement for Ashley Young after his move to Manchester United, so they could enter the race to sign Adam.

This would suit Blackpool as it means a bidding war could commence with both Liverpool and Aston Villa keen to sign the man who scored 12 goals from midfield last season for a relegated club.

Should Liverpool fail to land Adam – they will not want to pay over the odds for him after forking out £20m on Jordan Henderson – their attentions could turn to Ryad Boudebouz of Sochaux.

However, the most likely situation at the moment is that Charlie Adam will be a Liverpool player come the start of next season.

Of course plenty could happen between now and then though so we will keep you up to date right here on Squeaky Bum Time.

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