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Saturday 19 January 2019

Holloway: Sale bonus not why Adam bids refused

Ian Holloway has revealed he receives a percentage of the transfer fee for any player sold by Blackpool who he has coached, but insists this is not the reason why he and the club are holding out for a higher price for star midfielder Charlie Adam.

Agreements such as the one between Holloway and his employers do not contravene any Football Association regulations.

The Seasiders boss has so far resisted all offers for Adam and admitted the bonus he would receive for keeping the club in the Premier League, with Adam's help, would top anything he could make out of selling the Scottish playmaker.

Holloway said: "I do get rewarded with anybody I coach and make a profit on. My chairman (Karl Oyston) looked at my record of producing players and helping players and selling them on, and he wanted that at Blackpool.

"That's not what I'm (resisting offers for Adam) for. I'm on a far bigger bonus to keep us in the Premier League and Charlie Adam can help me do that.

"If you're saying I'm doing this because I'm getting 20-30pc of the Adam money, I'll not be very happy -- it's miles away, absolute nonsense.

"I bought a frustrated kid from Rangers, we bought him very wisely, and in 18 months we've gone from 16th in the Championship to 12th in the Premier League with his help."

Meanwhile, Ajax continue to play hardball over Luis Suarez, valuing him at near double the £12.7m that Liverpool have offered this week for the 24-year-old. But with the player having made it clear to Ajax officials that he wants to complete the proposed transfer to the Anfield club, the Dutch side could be forced into reaching a compromise agreement.

For the time being, though, Ajax coach Frank De Boer is showing no signs of weakening on the matter and remains optimistic that Suarez will not attempt to force Ajax's hand.

"Let's hope he doesn't but, of course, that is up to the player," De Boer said.

"I don't want to be surprised on the last day of the deadline, so we have made that deadline January 29, and Liverpool have to come up with a good offer and the money we want by that day."

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