Tuesday, 1st February 2011 

Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam missed out on a move to Tottenham Hotspur by minutes as the Bloomfield Road club’s transfer plans went off course.

The Tangerines had rejected a bid of £8.5M from Liverpool earlier in the day, with Blackpool wanting the Reds to increase their offer to £10M, well aware of the large influx of cash arriving at Anfield from the sale of Fernando Torres. But Liverpool did not budge, and with Blackpool having brought in Andy Reid from Sunderland, were forced to accept a lower offer of £6.5M for Adam from Spurs.

However, Adam’s paperwork was not signed by the relevant Blackpool board members in time, with the signatures arriving at two minutes past the deadline, leaving Spurs boss Harry Redknapp pondering a return for the Scotsman in the summer.

"It went right to the wire, but we could not beat the deadline", said Redknapp. "We’d agreed a fee in the region of £6.5M, but their chairman needed to get two shareholders to sign the forms and we were a couple of minutes away from getting it done. But there is a chance we could go back in for Adam in the summer."

Spurs also failed with a late bid for Everton’s Phil Neville as Redknapp looked to bolster his squad.


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