If Newcastle are going after Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara in the summer it seems that West Ham United may offer some competition.
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Certainly West Ham will need to improve greatly next season if they are to not be in another relegation battle, and of course Newcastle also want to improve for their first season back in England’s top flight.
Newcastle seem to already have some decent midfielders in Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and the young whiz-kid who’s getting lots of attention right now – 17 year-old Haris Vuckic, who may even make the Slovenian World Cup squad this summer.
However, Joey Barton is very rarely not injured, and unless that changes dramatically next season, we can expect at best only half a season out of the former Manchester City player.
Joey still has not appeared 50 times in the 3 seasons he’s already been on Tyneside, but there’s also little doubt the lad is Premier-class.
So the conventional wisdom is that Chris Hughton will bring in another central midfielder, with captain Nicky Butt also not being offered another contract on Tyneside.
We like 23 year-old Jamie O’Hara a lot, and he fits perfectly the kind of player owner Mike Ashley wants to draft ino0t the club during the summer.
He’s under 26, and has had a lot of PL experience, having appeared in over 76 games in the Premiership, about 50 times for Spurs and 25 times for Portsmouth.
And it also seems certain that he will be sold this summer by Spurs, and the fee could be around £3M, and for that money he would be a good buy for Newcastle.
It could be that the Dartford, Kent born Jamie may want to stay in the London area, and the West Ham bid, if it materializes this summer, could offer some real challenges for the Newcastle club.
However, many players are willing to come to Newcastle because of the club’s fanatical fan support, not only at St. James’ Park, where the home average in England’s second tier is close to 43,000, but because Newcastle has always been a football daft city, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
None more so than right now of course, with Newcastle completing a fantastic season under new manager Chris Hughton. 😀
So many footballers just love it at Newcastle, even if the weather is not exactly like the South of France.
We’ll have to wait and see who Chris Hughton will really be going after this summer, and of course he will as usual play his cards very close to his chest, but we are hopeful of some bargain buys being made by the club in the summer, and some good players arriving before September rolls around.
It would be just great if Jamie O’Hara is one of the players who arrives on Tyneside.