Newcastle Wages May Scupper O’Hara Deal


Portsmouth’s on-loan midfielder Jamie O’Hara has already been linked many times to signing for Newcastle United in the summer.

Jamie O’Hara – headed to Newcastle this summer?

We really like the look of Jamie, and from comments we’ve seen, most of our readers seem to rate the 23 year-old central midfielder too.

Of course Chris knows all about Jamie, as O’Hara came through the Tottenham youth system, while Chris was coach at the London club for 13 years.

But O’Hara has had more than a good season at Portsmouth and is being pursued by a number of Premier League clubs.

With Chris knowing the player Newcastle must be ina  with a decent chance, we would think.

This is what Chris Hughton said about the player today::

“I know Jamie O’Hara well, but I can only think the link is because of my time at Spurs.”

“He has had a very good season. He wants to play and he needs to play, and that is why he went to Portsmouth and has done well. But there has not been anything from us on him.”

Well those words hardly tell us anything.

We suppose we could try to get Jamie on loan for next season, but Spurs may not agree to that, and if we go after the player, we’ll no longer be paying the highest wages he will be offered, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Jamie has appeared 25 times for Portsmouth this season with 2 goals, and he’s played 51 times for Spurs with 3 goals.

But we’d love for this player to be signed by Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


29 comments so far

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be honest, I don’t know/haven’t seen too much of O’Hara. But for us to sign him, realistically he’d have to be a starter, or otherwise, whats the point? Him coming would scupper Danny Guthrie’s progress (along with future prospects Vuckic/Inman) or push Nolan/Smith onto the bench (potentially damaging moral). If he is worth it, then so be it, but as I have said, I’m not sure that he is?

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    We Need A More creative Midfielder And O’hara seems the Man.

    I think smith will leave Personally

    And guthrie And O’hara In the Middle?

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  • alkinou

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    To be honest I quiet like our centre midfield. Barton and Nolan are already proved at Premier League level. I think Guthrie can become a good creative midfielder and Smith a more defensive to protect the back four.

    I’m quiet happy with that. I’d be more on a right back, not entirely convinced by Simpson, maybe a proven Premier League striker, and cover for positions where we don’t have any.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Jst buy him and we move on. I know CH knows what he is doing.

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  • jimmymac

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Get Joe Ledley instead, he is free and his wages will be lower, thus no risk.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Barton is injury prone we cant really rely on him and Smith and Guthrie get niggles so cant play through out the season.

    O’Hara, Barton, Smith, Nolan, Guthrie are good spices for the midfield. You can rotate them around and get what u want.

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    For defensive cover why does he not take a punt on Jorge Andrade? Just come back from a bad injury, world class centre back, surely worth a punt was an established portugal international before his injury.

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    i think we should get rid off few midfielders: nolan, guthrie, 1 new CM & inman/vuckic should be enough. youngsters need to play, but by having 5 “established” midfielders i just dont see that happening. 4 choice striker/midfielder/defender should be youngster…otherwise, what’s the point?

    andrade? why? colo, taylor, wiki, kadar – what else do you want? unless we sell someone, i say no to him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s competitive, but not overly creative and Pompey didn’t exactly miss him the other day !

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    i read that man utd will sell berba & carrick – i just hope we dont go after another man utd rejects.

    berba is the laziest player in EPL & carrick is not as good as he was a few seasons back. i know they’re supposed to be nufc fans, but please DO NOT SIGN THEM.

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    nightfa11 –

    one major difference…. jorge andrade – world class and FREE

    kadar – not world class

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    another thing in regards to carrick and berbatov… they would be absolutley world class signings…will obviously not get them as there’d cost too much in transfer fees and wages but there’d hop into our starting 11.

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeh Id Love Carrick , Berba Will Be Way To much So Cant think of that , But 10 Mil for Carrick Why dont we give it a shot?

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    SAMeobi – andrade – injured all the time, unproven in epl, old, will only play worse & would want at least 80k/week.

    kadar – very talented, young, already international, his wage is low & will only get better.

    so..why?

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    because Andrade’s a hell of alot better than Kader will probably ever be?

    and what do you base his £80k pw wages on? He had a trial with toronto…i dont think that there budget would stretch to £80k pw tbh.

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    saying that…. if toronto passed up the chance to sign him maybe his not even close to being the player he once was….worth a trial at least imo.

    but i remember him being a brilliant player and one we always used to be linked with 2-3 years back.

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    it would be stupid to disrupt the back 4 again..we do that every season, so..no thanks.

    point is if we look at andrades age & injury record im guessing he’ll only play for 2-3 years before he retires. ad he’ll need a year to adjust to epl to it, that he’ll keep kadar of the team, etc.

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  • SAMeobi

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    we need another 2 defenders anyways so i dont see how itll disrupt it?…

    fitz hall goes back at end of season, so we need 1 more centre back, and we need cover at right back?

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    RB yes..but another CB? really? 4 should be enough.

    arsenal have: gallas, veramelen, sol, silvestre.
    man utd: vidic, rio, evans, oshea
    chelsea: carvalho, terry, alex, hutchinson

    those are teams who play 20 matches /seaspn more then the rest and they manage with 4 cb’s..why do we need 5?

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  • Spoonman

    Apr 13, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m not too sure about O’Hara.

    My priority would be a powerful ball winning central midfielder with a bit of pace. All of our current crop are very similar, and very slow.

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  • Ericles

    Apr 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    We have to be honest. To achieve anything in the Premiership we need to get quality players in several positions. We will not get that sort of money from the Fat Controller. It is also obvious that, whether we discover some geniuses or a bunch of duffers in the market, next season is going to be done on the cheap.
    We can get quality bargains with shrewd buying and I think CT will do that – if he is allowed to make his own decisions that is. So, that means no Carrick at NUFC cos he is will cost too much in pay and fees etc. I just want to see the Coca Cola cup lifted high at St James first – then we will start questioning the direction we may be going in.

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  • Mags

    Apr 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Well said Ericles (21) – I too am looking no further at the moment than keeping fingers crossed we lift the Coca-Cola cup at St James’ Park.

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  • Darling27

    Apr 13, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    O’Hara is a great little player!!!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 13, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #24

    If we’re after any current Pompey midfielder it should be Kevin Prince Boateng.

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Decent player…….too similar to what we have

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  • Edd Case

    Apr 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I dont think we need too much in.
    Another winger of some quality and a right and left back too – other than that, I dont see why we need many more.

    The core of the team is good and although we aren’t going to be challenging for the top four realistically, why mess with it too much?

    Besides, as others rightly say, lets give our young players a go.
    Kadar looks quality, not seen enough of the likes of LuaLua and Vuckic etc, so let’s get them in the starting 11 first before spending millions on crap.

    Alex Ferguson did with the likes of Beckham, Giggs, Scholes etc – they were all quality but untested once, they COULD have all flopped.

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  • ToonSnowman

    Apr 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Man U dropped their young players into a world class squad one at a time, we have a bottom 5-6 premier league squad at the moment, we can’t go around hoping our young players will do it for us, as we don’t have the quality around them to cover their weaknesses.

    we need to become a stable premier league club again and the best way to do that is have 2 or 3 seasons with proven players, even if some of them are over 26.
    We can alway loan out some of our young players to given them matches.
    Our priority next season is to form a solid and stable team that can keep us in the league not to take the risk of hoping our youngsters are good enough.
    Having 1 or 2 come through the ranks is not a problem but they will not get many games and this will halt their progress.

    I say bring in some free/loan players with proven track records and loan out a few of the youngsters and assess the season either in January or at the end of our first season.
    I am simply saying loan out a few young players and replace them with proven older players just to keep us in the league.

    of course we also need to actually buy some players as well as the overall squad is very lightweight for the premier league, and I hope they are bargains rather than desperate cheap buys.

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #28

    I think we need to let Butt, Hall, Pancrate, Ameobi & Best(on loan) go, this will leave room for a RB, LB, we will also need a creative ACM, winger & a striker, similar to Loverboy,, so 5 out & 5 in!!

    We’ll then have the follwoing squad:

    GK:- Harper, Krul,
    RB:- Simpson, R.Taylor + 1 RB
    CB:- S.Taylor, Colo, Williamson, Kadar,
    LB:- Enrique + 1 LB
    MF:- Jonas, Routledge +1 (L&R footed if possible)
    CM:- Smith, Nolan, Barton, Gutherie + 1 ACM
    ST:- Carroll, Loverboy, Ranger + 1 striker

    This will then leave room for a couple of the young lads not already in the 1st team to come thru, so that we don’t break the supposed new rule that is being implemenated that no team can have more than 25 players in their 1st team, of which only 8 can be foreign!!!

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  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Someone mentioned wages in regard to O`Hara.
    So how much is he on right now ?
    Sure it`s all well and good to attempt not to overpay, however in regards to bringing in players, it could be a detriment.
    I`m talking about the mentioned salary age and transfer caps.
    It really depends on how much the competition are willing to pay.
    Theres a market out there and NUFC do not set the going price, in which case we may miss out on the players we both want and need.
    Sure it`s a positive step to attempt to save on salaries etc., but to have a hard and fast policy in regards to every player, is probably not the smartest way to go.
    Hopefully the caps are rough guides, if not i would`nt want to be the one doing the negotiating.

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