Adam to complete £10million Liverpool move today
Published 23:02 06/07/11 By David Maddock
Charlie Adam will complete his £7million move to Liverpool today, with manager Kenny Dalglish promising more signings will follow.
The Anfield club have agreed a package that could rise upwards of £10m with incentives, after Dalglish tired of the stalemate that had prevented the transfer.
Adam was hoping for a move from Blackpool way back in January, but that switch was scuppered as his club played hard-ball over the fee.
Now though, the Scottish midfielder will tie up a four-year contract this morning, and complete a dream move from the lower reaches of Scottish football to the summit of the English game.
And Dalglish is clearly not resting on his laurels after making his second signing of the summer.
The Liverpool manager also agreed terms to extend full-back Glen Johnson’s contract at Anfield yesterday, with the England defender doubling the two years he has left on his current deal.
And Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni is due to fly into Merseyside today for a medical, before signing on to provide back-up to number one Pepe Reina.
The Liverpool manager wants to make it a treble signing this week, as talks with Aston Villa continue over the future of Stewart Downing, with a £15m offer already on the table.
But that frenzied transfer activity will also provoke increased sales activity for the Anfield club, with Reds bosses acutely aware that they must offload the extensive dead wood in the squad.
The arrival of Adam means that Joe Cole, Maxi Rodriguez and even Raul Meireles are all now surplus to requirements, as all three operate in essentially the same position.
The trio command massive wages and will be squad players at best next season, and if Dalglish could get them off the books it would save enough cash in salary alone to pay Adam’s fee within six months.
Cole is interesting QPR and West Ham, while Meireles is on the radar of Inter Milan and Juventus, but Maxi’s inflated wages will make his desired move back to Argentina very difficult.