They’ve had to wait about six months more than they wanted to but Liverpool look like finally getting their man after Charlie Adam passed a medical with the Anfield club. The Reds have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £9 million for the Blackpool captain. The Seasiders could also be set to lose midfielder David Vaughan. The Welsh international is available on a free transfer, with Sunderland his likely destination. The 28-year-old is due to meet with Steve Bruce and undergo a medical at the Stadium of Light in the next 24 hours.
Liverpool have missed a trick. Charlie Adam had an impressive debut season in the Premier League and Liverpool, in keeping with the Anfield tradition, have jumped on the bandwagon. Adam is a good player, but with respect to Blackpool, a big fish in a small pond. Watch the odd game on Match of the Day and it looks like the Scotland international carries his team. 12 goals and all those assists from corners and free kicks was an impressive return but because he apparently carries Blackpool, every mistake is ignored by the pundits. The Blackpool skipper stole the majority of the headlines for the Seasiders but if you ask those who actually go to all the games and those whose opinions should matter most, they’ll tell you that David Vaughan was a more important player for the Tangerines.
While Adam was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year and “thinking he was Pele” (in the words of Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt), Vaughan quietly put in a string of consistent displays for Blackpool, earning him both the Blackpool Fans’ Player of the Year and Blackpool Players’ Player of the Year ahead of his captain. Adam is obviously a decent player and it could turn out to be £9 million well spent by the Reds. But I’m fairly certain that Liverpool did not even consider signing Adam’s midfield partner David Vaughan on a free transfer. Well, why should you get some Welsh lad on a free when you can spend £9 million on Pele?