With uncertainty over the futures of Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini, the Toffees manager David Moyes is lining up a £4m bid for the Scotland international
By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent
Everton have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Blackpool captain Charlie Adam this summer, Goal.com can reveal.
Toffees manager David Moyes believes Adam's drive and creativity would improve the Everton side and has made it known he would be interested in completing a deal for his fellow Scot.
Everton's chances of landing the playmaker will undoubtedly be boosted by the fact he is represented by Moyes' brother, Kenny, as well as the prospect of regular first-team football at Goodison Park.
Everton would hope to pay around £4 million for the Adam but Blackpool are believed to still be asking for £8m despite their relegation from the Premier League.
Merseyside rivals Liverpool have shown the most interest in signing Adam although their desire to push through a deal may dampen with the anticipated signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.
United have also been regularly linked with a move as Sir Alex Ferguson explores his options to replace Paul Scholes, but they are thought to be prioritising Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder or Tottenham star Luka Modric.
Everton see Adam as an excellent option to add to the squad, where he could combine with other attacking midfield talents in the shape of Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill.
Blackpool took up an option at the end of the season to extend Adam's contract until next summer, but Seasiders boss Ian Holloway has accepted that his star man will be sold.
Adam, who was the subject of failed bids from Liverpool and Tottenham in January, earns just £12,000-a-week and he could more than double those wages with a move to another Premier League club.
Everton's interest in Adam comes as rumours continue to circulate over the future of midfielders Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini. Rodwell, rated at £20m, is a long-term target for Manchester United while his Belgian team-mate has been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid.
A swoop for Adam may go some way to convincing Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal target Leighton Baines to stay at Goodison Park after the highly-rated left-back admitted it was “nice” to see the club linked with well-known players.
Moyes has made an overhaul of his strikeforce his top priority but looks set to miss out on Germany legend Miroslav Klose, who is in line for a move to Lazio after leaving Bayern Munich on a free transfer.
Everton's interest is said to have been genuine but the Merseysiders were unwilling to meet the 32-year-old's £80,000-a-week wage demands.
Out-of-contract Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd is a potential target for Everton while the Toffees are also ready to compete with Sunderland for West Ham United striker Demba Ba if they can be convinced of his fitness.