Oyston - No Adam interest
Blackpool's Karl Oyston insists he has had no offers for players amid speculation about Charlie Adam.
By Steve Pass
Last Updated: 20/12/10 12:53pm
Blackpool's acting chief executive Karl Oyston insists he has had no offers for any players amid speculation concerning Charlie Adam.
The club captain has been linked with a £3million move to Ewood Park after good performances in the top flight this term.
But Oyston has dismissed the speculation as 'paper talk' and insists the club are trying to strengthen their squad in January.
He told Sky Sports News: "I've had no offers or enquiries for any of our players, so you said it was paper talk and I think that is exactly what it is."
While the Bloomfield Road supremo confirmed the club would try to strengthen Ian Holloway's squad in January, he insisted it would not be at any cost.
"Ian and I have spoken at length about targets and who we'd like to try and bring in and we will try and bring some players in and we'll play the transfer market the same way as we always have done," Oyston said.
"Like all clubs do, we are trying to have the maximum benefit for the least cost and will really try and stick to our wage budget and our methods for doing business."
The unfancied Seasiders have confounded their critics to currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League and Oyston reaffirmed top flight survival was the main aim this term.
"That's the key priority for Ian, myself, the team, the supporters, the whole club, to improve and try and retain our Premier League status," he said.
"We were largely written off - and probably rightly so - by some of the experts ahead of the season and Ian and the team have done fantastically well.
"That's at the forefront of our minds and we'll do everything in our power without prejudicing our future to retain our status."
The club's recent home clashes with Manchester United and Spurs were due to be televised but fell victim to the weather,
But Oyston insisted undersoil heating is "not a financial consideration" for the club at the moment and safety had to come before revenues.
"It really is not a financial consideration," he said.
"These games will be played and we will only know the financial implications once the season is over and we know how many games have been picked for television.
"At the moment, it is not at the forefront of our mindset - spectator and player safety are."
He also questioned whether the televised game at snowy Portman Road between Ipswich and Leicester on Saturday should have gone ahead.
He said: "I think the right view is always taken and always has to be taken that spectator and player safety are of paramount importance.
"I think that the game that went ahead at Ipswich the other night, I'm not sure whether that should have gone ahead, really."
He added: "Both games (against United and Spurs) will be replayed so the revenue is slightly deferred rather than lost and the finance of it isn't the main consideration.
"Spectator safety and player safety are the main considerations that people have always got to take account of.
"I think games should always be played if it can safely be played and if you can safely admit people to the stadium and if there is any doubt whatsoever then games should be called off."