Newcastle Eye Portsmouth Midfielders


News today in the Sunday Sun, that Newcastle will move for Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

Jamie O’Hara – Newcastle may try loan move

With Portsmouth having entered administration yesterday, the administrator charged with reducing the club’s debt, Andrew. Andronikou, has said he will cut the running costs of the club to a bare minimum.

And if Portsmouth should end O’Hara’s season long loan spell at Fratton Park, to save on his wages,  Newcastle will move in.

And we’re sure lots of clubs will be looking at Portsmouth’s playing staff right now, to see which players they may want to take.

Obviously with Portsmouth being penalized 9 points, the south coast club need to cull their playing staff in any case,  for life in the Championship next season.

Although to the players enormous credit, they did win 2-1 away at Burnley, and we notice that a certain Jamie O’Hara missed a penalty too.

Of course Newcastle were linked only last week with Portsmouth’s out-of-favor midfielder Jason Koumas, although Chris Hughton has denied any interest.

We’ll see if that continues, because Jason could be bought very cheaply right now.

The 23-year-old O’Hara seems likely to have to leave Spurs for first team football,  and we’ve followed this lad over the last couple of years and he’s a very good player.

And of course Hughton knows O’Hara very well already, since the youngster made his way through the Tottenham Youth ranks at the London club, when Chris was coaching there.

Jamie joined Tottenham in 2003, after being at that other North London club, Arsenal, from 1995, an Academy he joined when he was just 9 years old.

O’Hara played 7 times for the England U21 side and was in the same side as our own Steven Taylor, who of course captained the U21 side.

The left footed midfielder, who was born in London and stands 5’11” tall, has played over 50 times for Spurs with 3 goals and has been out on loan to Chesterfield, Milwall and is now in his second loan spell at Portsmouth.

Jamie has now played over 100 first class games and has scored around 12 goals, by our reckoning. We think it would be a good loan move, especially if we can get the lad permanently in the summer.

In fact we wouldn’t be surprised if he was already on Hughton’s shopping list for the summer, should we get promoted – he was on ours. 😀

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Sturla

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Jason Koumas is a Wigan player, not Portsmouth. But I highly doubt that Hughton is looking at players for the central midfield. We can’t even find a place for Guthrie to play there.

    We have got:
    Nolan (fit)
    Guthrie (fit)
    Smith (fit)
    Butt ( close to fitness)
    Barton (close to fitness)

    Getting O’hara in on load, then we’ve got 6 players for 2 positions.

    If Houhton is looking for anything it is most likely a cover left back.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    O’Hara is a left midfielder most of the time and although he isn’t a Jonas type of player, he is a serious grafter and has a sweet left foot! Good signing if we could get him!

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  • MickyD

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree tom he’s creative too and a exciting prospect too. I think if we win promotion we should go for portsmouth’s left back for cover for enrique belhaij he’s decent and would provide good compertion in the department.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Snap him up. Butt will be gone next season fingers crossed.. Guthrie, Nolan and Smith with two wingers are a nice five man mid. If guthrie or nolan were injured I would be happy for o’hara to be there and pushing and I think he will be better value for money than barton. I’d also take bel hadji (or something) from portsmouth if we cant buy Van. As an attacking left back he looks decent.

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  • Darling27

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Replacement for Butt 🙂

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  • Sturla

    Feb 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree that he could be a good signing for the summer, but this is a loan deal now that we are talking about, nothing permanent. Don’t see the point of that.

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  • Shiftay

    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    i’d be happy seing bel hadj join is either on loan / a free.

    the guys got pace to burn and can play anywhere down the left (did i see him upfront on a couple of occasions too?)

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Belhaji wld be too much competion for Enrique and he will bring in unrest in the team because he will think he is better than The Bull and he is nt playing.

    We need an average player for cover who knows the starter is better than him. Its very had to rotate the back four you always need a solid one.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #9

    WdfTA, we don’t need any more average players, there’s already a bench full and more than a handful on the pitch most games. If we are serious about the Prem we need to set our sights a bit higher, it’s cheaper in the long run.

    Seven more wins and we can stop looking around for cheap and cheerful journeymen just because they always wanted to play for NUFC (yeah, right..) and start some serious strategic buying of quality professionals for key positions. An average player in the Fizzy is a liability in the Prem up against Rooney, Asrhavin, Milner et al.

    The cull of the average squad players needs to be ruthless in the summer, regardless of how much they live and breathe NUFC. Butt is supposedly retiring, others need to be helped on their way by other means…. Remember, we just about beat Watford yesterday with this team, that is not exactly going to strike terror into the hearts of any team above Hull City in the Prem (if they are still there next term).

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  • baro

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Belhadji, and Jamie O’Hara would be good signings. But, look at the other Portsmouth player Kevin Prince Boateng. He is an very powerful awesome player. Hopefully we can look at him in the summer, while they get relegated, and we get promoted. We need a good scouting system that goes all over. Like Wigans coach Martinez, got Rodallega.

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  • singamagpie

    Mar 1, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Belhadj is good, but he won’t play second fiddle to anyone. Boateng has said he wants to return to Germany. O’hara is good choice since he can play in left and central mid. We really need a cover on the left since Spiderman seems to be quite injury prone these days. And I believe he will come because 1)portsmouth can’t pay his wages 2)chris haughton connection 3)reportedly he had a fight with michael brown

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