Houllier happy without Adam

Frenchman content with current midfielders

Houllier: Happy with midfield

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier confirms he prefers the current crop of midfielders at his disposal rather than January target Charlie Adam.

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Villa had two bids for the Blackpool man turned down in the transfer window and Houllier was involved in a public dispute with Tangerines boss Ian Holloway.

Adam, 25, will remain at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season despite strong interest from the Midlands outfit as well as Liverpool and Tottenham.

After bringing in Lyon battler Jean Makoun and Borussia Monchengladbach's Michael Bradley to compliment the likes of Stiliyan Petrov and Nigel Reo-Coker, Houllier is more than happy with the midfielders at his disposal.

Target

"Adam was a target for us, Liverpool and Tottenham," he admitted. "I like the player, otherwise I wouldn't have made a bid, an official bid.

"But I prefer my midfielders. We've recruited some good players."

Houllier declined to comment on whether he might renew his interest in Adam during the summer.

He added: "We're not talking about the future. We're talking about this game with Blackpool, which is very important."

The two sides clash at Bloomfield Road as Villa look to continue their good form.