Manchester United are reportedly considering a summer move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Charlie Adam.
The Blackpool captain has been in impressive form during his debut Barclays Premier League season and – despite missing out on the chance to leave Bloomfield Road in January – he seems almost certain to depart when the transfer window reopens.
Liverpool tried in vain to bring Adam to Anfield last month – failing in several attempts to sign the Scot.
Blackpool rejected three offers from Liverpool who were keen to sign the 25-year-old to add an extra creative dimension to their midfield.
Despite the persistence of Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, the Reds never came close to Blackpool’s valuation of Adam – believed to be around £10 million – but Spurs did match the price on the head of the ex-Rangers midfielder.
However, Tottenham registered their interest too late on deadline day – ultimately failing to sign Adam by a number of minutes.
Reports initially surfaced in January that Manchester United were ready to rival Liverpool and Spurs for Adam after Sir Alex Ferguson suggested the Tangerines talisman’s corners were worth a hefty sum on their own.
Now, according to the Sunday Express, United will weigh up a move for the Scotland international in June – with a bidding war seemingly likely to ensue between the Red Devils and their Barclays Premier League rivals.
Adam’s rise to prominence in English football has been quite dramatic and the Scotland international is now even drawing comparisons to former United hero, David Beckham.
Ex-Tartan Army goalkeeper Andy Goram – who played with Beckham at Old Trafford in 2001 – believes he is well placed to compare the two players and claims Adam will only continue to improve.
“Charlie Adam reminds me of a boy I once played with,” Goram wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“This lad had everything. He could pass, he could shoot, he could lead and he could inspire.
“He was already well on his way to superstardom when I met him for the first time. Now? Well, quite simply, he's a global icon.
“His name? David Beckham. For me, Adam has all of Becks' star qualities.
“He can cross, shoot and is blessed with a range of passing that takes your breath away at times.”
Whether Adam follows in Beckham's footsteps at Old Trafford remains to be seen but – should they register their reported interest – it is sure to be a fascinating summer battle between themselves, Liverpool and Spurs.