The News Of The World today is reporting that Newcastle’s Chris Hughton is targeting two cut-price players once the summer transfer market opens.
Jamie O’Hara – Newcastle target for the summer
One player, who has already been mentioned as a potential target for Newcastle, is 23 year-old Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who has been on loan at Portsmouth this season, and could be available for as little as £3M.
The other player is Arsenal center-half Philippe Senderos, who will be allowed to leave in the summer, when his contract with the London club runs out, and he will become a free agent.
Philippe is currently on loan at Everton, but cannot get his place in the Blues side.
The rumors on Tyneside are that Hughton will get around £25M to spend in the summer transfer window, if he needs that much, but Newcastle will continue to try to get bargain buys as they did in January.
We would like to think the Magpies are indeed after Jamie O’Hara, who is a good player and would add some creativity in the middle of the park for the Magpies.
But we’re not too sure why Newcastle would want or need Senderos, who is prone to making errors at the back, although he has also had some solid games at Arsenal and while on loan at Milan (14 appearances – no goals) last season.
Certainly he has massive experience both in the Premiership and European Champions League with Arsenal.
The 25 year-old, 6’3″ Geneva-born Philippe Senderos has played about 70 times for Arsenal with 4 goals, but has only made two appearances while on loan at Goodison Park since January, and has played 33 times for Switzerland with 6 international goals.
He joined Arsenal in 2003 when just 18 years-old from Swiss club Servette, based in his home town of Geneva, where he had played 26 times with 3 goals.
The 23 year-old O’Hara was also brought through the Arsenal Youth ranks from 1995 (when he was just 8 years-old) until 2003, when he joined Spurs.
Jamie has so far played over 50 times for Spurs with 3 goals, and while on loan this season at Portsmouth, the player has looked impressive in 25 appearances with 2 goals, and he played 7 times for the England U-21 side.
These two players for £3M in total would be a decent deal for the Newcastle club, but we’re not sure why we would need another center-back when we have Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson and young Tamas Kadar all challenging for the central defensive positions.
Unless of course Newcastle intend to move one of their current players out this summer, but we would hope that would not be the case.
We like the look of O’Hara but are not too keen on Senderos – what do you think about these potential deals?