Manchester United targeting Blackpool ace as Scholes replacement?

And so the fun summer months with transfer rumours galore begin. We shall be keeping up to date with the latest right here on Squeaky Bum Time, so stay with us!

First up, it is worth paying attention to the reports that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is targeting Blackpool playmaker Charlie Adam as a like-for-like replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

Adam was recently relegated from the Premier League with the Tangerines and has made no secret of his desire to continue playing in the top-flight.

With this in mind, he would no doubt be delighted if Old Trafford was where he ended up. It would be a move that would perhaps exceed all the expectations of the Scotsman.

After the season he had with Ian Holloway’s men though, there will be many Premier League managers interested in him and he deserves a high-profile move.

Will Manchester United put their money where their mouth is though and make a bid in the region of £16m for Adam? It is certainly an interesting one.

He does have similar attributes to Scholes and at 25-years-old he has plenty of time to adjust to life at Old Trafford. However, is just one-year performing well in the top-flight enough to justify being a replacement for a Premier League veteran like Scholes?

Perhaps if Adam is given the chance at Manchester United, he shouldn’t be seen as the new Paul Scholes. Instead, he can be his own part of a younger Red Devils squad that is looking to challenge for all honours again next season.

We certainly haven’t heard the last of rumours regarding Charlie Adam this summer. Blackpool are likely to want to cash in on their star player and will not settle for anything below their asking price.

Having activated an extra one-year on his contract recently too, the club are being shrewd in their business and will look to get value for money.

Whether this puts off the likes of Ferguson remains to be seen, but with Scholes on the way out, the United boss will look at every possible option to strengthen his midfield.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.