Pool pleased to keep Adam
Karl Oyston has declared that Charlie Adam never came close to leaving Blackpool despite late interest.
Last Updated: 01/02/11 9:44am
Karl Oyston has declared that Charlie Adam never came close to leaving Blackpool despite considerable late interest in the midfielder on deadline day.
Adam's future became one of the most intriguing stories of the transfer window as a number of clubs set their sights on securing his services but the Seasiders stood firm and rejected several offers.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a swoop and reportedly renewed their pursuit hours before Monday's 11pm cut-off point, while Tottenham also came in with a late bid.
Harry Redknapp has claimed that Spurs almost signed the Scotland international, with a deal just minutes away from being struck.
However, Blackpool acting chief executive Oyston maintains that he was always confident Adam would remain at Bloomfield Road.
"We have managed to keep hold of Charlie and I am pleased about that," Oyston told Sky Sports News.
"I think it would have been a shame to break the squad up and to really break up what we have got here and what we have achieved for the sake of short-term gains, so I think overall we are quite satisfied with how the day has panned out.
"We have not been near to losing him. There have been various toings and froings but nothing that was likely to happen today."
Questioned on Tottenham's late interest and whether Liverpool had increased their offer, Oyston added: "There have been also sorts of toings and froings but they are probably too numerous and lengthy to mention.
"There has been a lot of interest from four or five clubs."
Oyston is delighted to have kept all Blackpool's key men and is now looking forward to a successful second half to the season.
"I think interest in Charlie and a lot of our other players will continue apace as they continue to surprise people in the Premier League," he explained.
"I hope the biggest surprise will be that we actually retain our status and continue to build."