Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has told clubs to forget signing Charlie Adam - unless they are Manchester United or Liverpool.
Adam has reportedly been the subject of interest from Aston Villa and Birmingham, but Holloway says he will only allow the ex-Rangers midfielder leave for a club of greater stature than the current interested parties.
And it would appear that Manchester United and Liverpool would be the only teams to meet Holloway's criteria, although neither have made a bid for the Blackpool skipper.
“Liverpool haven't made any enquiries but I'd be surprised after last night [against Liverpool] because I thought he was terrific," said Holloway.
"They would be the only exception, with where they are in the table, I would look at it differently but no-one else. I think he owes us to stay and then he will have a choice as long as his arm.
"If Manchester United ring me up tomorrow and make me a realistic offer I might have to consider it but until them - dream on. I asked him to think about why, in the summer, why can't he move to one of these monster teams after helping us stay up."
Although it would seem unlikely that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would attempt to bring Adam to Old Trafford, Liverpool are said to be genuinely interested in the 25-year-old - despite the fact they have yet to register a formal enquiry.
The Scotland international has been in impressive form during his debut campaign in the Premier League and could provide Liverpool with the added creativity they need in order to revive their season.
Liverpool have looked devoid of inspiration at times this season and would certainly benefit from Adam's invention and eye for goal.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is known to be an admirer of his compatriot, but whether Liverpool can win the race for his signature this month remains to be seen.
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