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Stoke make move for Liverpool's Adam

Stoke City have confirmed to ESPN that they have made an transfer bid for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, believed to be around £4 million.

Potters manager Tony Pulis has targeted Adam, who appears surplus to requirements under new Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers, after considering alternative deals for Spurs' Tom Huddlestone and Blackburn Rovers' Steven N'Zonzi.

He faces opposition from Fulham and Everton, who have both made tentative enquiries for the 26-year-old and Turkish club Fenerbahce are also another potential destination.

Pulis's assistant Dave Kemp added: "There's an interest but whether that comes to fruition, I don't know. There are so many aspects to deals. We're not the only club in town."

"Adam is not our player. He's a very good player but so are many others out there. There are always people in the pot. They aren't done deals and I can't name names."

Pulis has been told he has to offload players before he can bring in any more signings and £5 million-rated striker Kenwyne Jones has been put up for sale, with three clubs declaring an interest.

Speaking prior to Liverpool's Europa League tie against Hearts on Wednesday, Rodgers was unwilling to comment on the future of Adam.

"We have had a number of enquiries about some of our players," said the Reds boss. "I have been open and up front with all the players. You can see from Sunday's game [against Manchester City] our spirit is very strong in the group, but the reality is players want to play.

"Everyone knows where they stand at this moment. One or two of them may have decisions to make as to whether they want to be a squad player or play regularly somewhere else."

Meanwhile, Stoke are close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after being given permission to finalise his work permit application.

The United States international has been a long-standing target of Pulis and last weekend agreed terms on a three-year deal and passed a medical.

Kemp said: "He has been granted the work permit, but as usual, there are other bits of paper that have to be stamped and marked.

"He has another appointment tomorrow, I think with the Border Agency just to clarify that. But he has been granted the work permit, so hopefully we are very close to getting that over the line."

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