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Campbell sure Blackpool star Adam will resist forbidden fruit

Phil Medlicott

Published 19/01/2011 | 05:00

Blackpool striker DJ Campbell insists that star midfielder Charlie Adam wants to stay at Bloomfield Road.

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Having been instrumental in getting the Seasiders promoted last term, Adam has continued to impress in the Premier League this season, captaining a side that has defied expectation by accruing 28 points from the opening 21 fixtures.

The Scotland midfielder's form has won him plenty of admirers and he has been linked with several clubs, with Blackpool rejecting bids of £2.5m and £3.5m for him from Aston Villa.

Losing the likes of Adam could prove disastrous for the Tangerines' campaign and manager Ian Holloway is adamant that he will not be selling the 25-year-old to Villa.

"It is vital that the club keeps hold of all of us because we have all been in it together," Campbell said.

"Chaz is a great player and I am sure he wants to stay -- I know he wants to stay. If we can keep everyone together and add a few, we will be fine. I think the lads are happy here and everyone wants to stay here."

Campbell has is Blackpool's top scorer with seven goals. He admits he might have made more of the opportunities that came his way during Saturday's 3-2 defeat at West Brom, but overall, Campbell is thoroughly enjoying what is his second taste of top-flight football.

The first came with Birmingham in the 2005/06 season which ended with Steve Bruce's side being relegated.

Campbell failed to score in 11 Premier League appearances for the Blues but he feels that he is reaping the benefit of the experience now.

"When I was first in the Premier League with Birmingham, I had not long ago come out of non-league, so it was a bit tough for me," Campbell said. "Looking back at it now, I probably wasn't ready at the time, but I wouldn't change it for the world and the experience has helped my form now.

"When you leave the Premier League -- when I got relegated with Birmingham -- you do have that in the back of your mind: 'Am I going to get another chance to play here?'.

"But I have always had faith in my own ability, knowing I can score goals in any league, and I'm just thankful that I am here now and doing that."

Meanwhile, Blackpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Mark Halstead has joined Blue Square Premier side Kettering for a month on loan.

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