West Ham Match Newcastle Interest In Jamie O’Hara


If Newcastle are going after Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara in the summer it seems that West Ham United may offer some competition.

Seb Larsson challenges Jamie O’Hara
Seb is another  potential  Newcastle target

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.

Comments welcome.


37 comments so far

  • leeg123nufc

    Apr 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Its obvious he’s ganna stay down south coz he’s gone an got dannielle lloyd up the duff and she’s not ganna want to come up here.

    so i doubt were getting o’hara

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  • Aza9

    Apr 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Was thinking exactly the same thing leeg, even before West Ham ‘came in’ for him. We do have an abundance of CM’s and i don’t think CH will have the balls to drop/sell Barton, Nolan, Guthrie or Smith for O’Hara.

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  • peterktoon

    Apr 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Are Chris H even interested in O’Hara?
    This is just us the fans who want’s him

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  • BeeGuy

    Apr 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m just wondering if NUFC needs more speed in the mid-fielders, and Barton & Gutrie & Vukic are on the rise, if Nolan could slot in alongside the Avatar and put his close in touch to best use as a striker?

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  • Newutd

    Apr 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #5

    O’Hara – would be a fairly good signing
    Larsson – no

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Matt Derbyshire anyone?

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  • chuck

    Apr 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Fits the profile O`Hara, there`s still deadwood to dump and you never have too many players.
    Beginning to look like we have the makings of a side ,
    Routledge and Jonas, decent wingers,
    Joey, hopefully a decent playmaker who can get a few goals.
    Nolan, if he can repeat his season in the fizzy should be an asset.
    LovenKrands coming off the bench to fill in anywhere up front or midfield.
    Vukic also coming off the bench, has to adapt to a different game.
    We have Shola, Carroll and Best,who I think will provide a handfull for a few sides, this trio may surprise a few this coming season.
    Could use another striker I suppose.
    The back line is pretty solid, but need a couple of back up fullbacks, perhaps Kadar can fill in, or we may get the Kid from Chelsea back on loan.
    Would`nt mind Beye back could be a good buy for at least one season, guys a experienced pro.
    So those mentioned, maybe add Guthrie, plus a couple of decent aquisitions and a couple of
    loaners (Macheda) and you got yourself a team that can compete with the clubs outside the top six.

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Players I would buy:

    James Perch – 24 years old, versatile, can play right across the defence and the midfield! Quality player!

    James Chester – Talented 21 year old centre back. Highly rated at Old Trafford. He would provide good cover.

    Patrick Van Aanholt – Only 19, this lad has a big future, we’ve already seen what he can do!

    Jamie O’Hara – Combative/creative, 23 year old midfielder, already been linked with us.

    Joe Ledley – Still only 23, he’s played over 200 games for Cardiff. Can play left wing, left back and central midfield.

    Jeramain Lens – 22 year old dutch striker. I saw him play for the Ajax youth team and I realy do think he could be special. Perfect foil for Carroll.

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  • shek2k9

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

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  • jimiley

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    We don’t need O’Hara. Smudger has been terrific this season and alongside Barton will destroy most midfields in the Premiership. We have midfield cover if they get injured. Both players are England quality and are good enough to get us in to the top 6 next season. CH should spend a few million as to provide extra cover in the squad and we will be a top 6 team. The following season is the big step up to the top 4 and MA will need to dig deep then. MA has got most things right and will see us again as a top team in the next few years. Keep the faith in the owner.

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  • Tom Mo.

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #11

    i wish, jimiley

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  • jimiley

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom Mo
    Got no faith in this team and players who have worked wonders this season? Sad Mackem?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Jimiley,

    This is not a dig at you and I am very much a proud supporter of our fine club however I do feel that your expectation’s are slightly above realism. I think that with the correct type of signings we can finish between 13th and 8th.

    The key for us is to consolidate our position in the Premier League and then build. Look at Fulham in the last few years, this I feel is a good example.

    Please look at it from my point of view and at least consider what I am saying because after all we all want the same thing NUFC World Domination!!!! 😉

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  • Tom Mo.

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Jimiley, give me a break. I’ve got plenty of faith, but top 6 is a tall order for any club coming up from CCC. I agree with tom4nufc. 13th to 8th

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  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Jimiley
    I take it you are joking?

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  • Geordie_Pants

    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Jimiley – Delusions of Grandeur !!!!

    Anyone who thinks a top 15 finish is a must, is also delusional!

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  • Newutd

    Apr 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Chuck –

    Shola and Best should not be given PL-games. They just aren’t good enough. Macheda is a kid which has been ok, but he has a shitty attitude. No need for kids like that to mess up the team moral.

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  • buddy

    Apr 29, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #18

    jimiley,
    if it was a joke fine but if it wasnt then my god ive never read such drivel in my life

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  • DJG

    Apr 29, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I may get slaughtered for saying this but having watched O’Hara many times I dont rate him any higher than Guthrie or Barton.

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  • JIMMYBOB33

    Apr 29, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #20

    I THINK YOUR “DELUSIONAL georgie_pants M8 “!!! DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT BAR THE TOP 4 TEAMS.. AND THEN YOU HAVE ANOTHER 4 MAYBE 5 TEAMS..SPURS..VILLA..MAN C..EVERTON. AND MAYBE FULHAM THE OTHER 7 TEAMS…. SUNDERLAND…WOLVES…WEST HAM.WIGAN…STOKE…BOLTON…BLACKBURN..BIRMINGNAM ,,,,,,,,,,,ARE ANY BETTER THEN US .THEN US!!!! THEN YOU HAVE THE 3CLUBS WHO GET PROMOTERED WHICH INCLUDES US [ NEWCASTLE ] WEST BROM AND LETS SAY NOTTS FORREST….THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS GETTING POOR THERES 3 LEAGUE IN 1 AND I DONT THINK WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR OUTSIDE THE TOP 8 OR 9 AND I SAY THAT WITH THE TEAM WE HAVE NOW B4 ADDING ANY MORE PLAYERS?? HOWEVER ONCE WE ADD 3 to 4 PLAYERS AND A FEW FREE TRANSFERS ? THERES EVERY CHANCE OF A TOP HALF…..FINISH HERES MY PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT SEASONS EPL
    ———————
    EPL-2010-11
    ———————
    1….CHELSEA
    2….MAN CITY
    3….MAN UTD
    4….TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
    5….ARSENAL
    6….LIVERPOOL
    7….ASTON VILLA
    8….NEWCASTLE UNITED FC
    9….EVERTON FC
    10..FULHAM
    11..SUNDERLAND
    12..STOKE
    13..BLACKBURN ROVERS
    14..WIGAN
    15..BIRMINGHAM CITY
    16..BOLTON WANDERS
    17..PLAY OFF WINNER .my pik lesicester city
    18..WEST BROM
    19..WEST HAM
    20..WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERS

    I think the bottom 11 teams are very poor compaired 5 –10 years ago THATS JUST MY OPINION I HOPE I M RIGHT ABOUT THE TOON DONT CARE ABOUT ANY BODY ELSE BUT I AM WITHOUT A DOUBT NEWCASTLE ARE ON ROAD TO GREATNESS .WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FAT ASH HE HAS BEEN SO LUCKY WITH CHRIS HOUGHTON AND THE TEAM PULLING TO GETHER!!! promotion he,s a gamble HE,S ONLY PUTTING MONEY IN TO CLUB TO PRORECT HIS INVESTMENT. WHICH HE WILL GET BACK THIS YEAR SELL US NEXT YEAR AND STILL COME OUT ON TOP PLUS THE EXTRA,S HE ,.S SQUEZZING OUT THE CLUB THREW TRANSFERS AND WHAT EVER OTHER SCEAMS HE,S GOT GOING ON THE SIDE HIS PERSONAL WEALTH IS BACK UP 900MIL Hmmmm…I HATE THE MAN
    F,S,B

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  • listie

    Apr 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Thanks for shouting!!

    My thoughts for next season are

    ———————
    EPL-2010-11
    ———————
    1….CHELSEA
    2….Man Utd
    3….Man City
    4….Arsenal
    5….Spurs
    6….Liverpool
    7….Villa
    8….Everton
    9….Fulham
    10..Sunderland
    11..Stoke
    12..Wigan
    13..Birmingham
    14..Blackburn
    15..Newcastle
    16..West Brom
    17..Bolton
    18..Play off Winner
    19..West Ham
    20..Wolves

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  • Tom Mo.

    Apr 30, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #22

    we will be ahead of blackburn and wigan…haha i hope

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  • Bao Zheng

    Apr 30, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Great to see another agent out of the wine bar and hard at work. West ham are totally broke. They have to sell a lot of expense to stay afloat never mind buy anyone. And that won’t be easy as many of their squad are a liability, Dyer anyone? And most likely they will have a new manager. Us? For 3 large maybe a good move. With Smith Nolan Guthrie Monk Jonas Wayne Haris & OHara that gives cover and a lot of options for different games, play where we can and kick if we have to. If we become predictable we will get sorted so need to ring the changes.

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  • CAToon

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Fulham makes it into the Europa League finals? On paper, are the players at the club better or comparable to NUFC. If we match up on a player basis, what is it about their club that got them this far. Is it stability, ownership, cohesiveness. Can NUFC learn something by their success in Europe?

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  • Hirdy_81

    Apr 30, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #25

    JIMMYBOB33, that is a good shout but I doubt we will finish above Everton or Fulham. Anyway, why are we making predictions for next season and the current season has not even finished? Best to take it game as it comes without all the high expectation.

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  • Dan

    Apr 30, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #26

    hmm he would b a gr8 aqquisition 😛 ha i like the way weathers not as good as south o france ha i should no im from here yea!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Apr 30, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d be reasonably happy simply to stay in the Premiership next season.

    All I want is the players to show the love the club by putting in the sort of displays we’ve seen this season.

    The minute they get complacant, we’ll be in serious trouble again.

    I don’t think we’ll see that again though, different bunch of lads this time round.

    Not enough flair in the team though for me, and unless Best and Ranger turn out some amazing performances, I think we’ll be struggling to score much.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    We will finish 7th next season 🙂

    We have a better squad than Liverpool. They have so many terrible players.

    And look at Man City, on the verge of 4th with their bad defence.

    Because the PL is so inconsistent now, it means teams with a good work ethic and organisation finish higher up the league than they used to (Fulham, Birmingham).

    Only teams in the PL who will start the season with better squads than us are:

    Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Spurs and Villa.

    Everyone else is their for the taking

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    The Spuds supporter next to me reckons O’Hara would be a cracking signing. He’s bench-warming due to people like Modric, so there’s a good chance he’ll want to go. Nice kid too, apparently.

    Also, there are very few teams who are likely to bid for him. Most are skint, and those with money will be after the next level of player up.

    The only problem I can see is location; especially with sprogs involved.

    Oh, and the fact that he’s been linked with us in the press. That means it’ll never happen.

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Ha! I had a conversation with someone this morning about how there weren’t too many deluded fans left and that most Toon were realistic about what we should aim at next season.

    Then this thread kinda blows that out of the water!

    Better squad than Liverpool? 7th? 8th? Are you having a bleedin’ giraffe???

    I love our boys, and I wouldn’t rule out the idea of them putting in a huge season – but can people please LISTEN to what CH is saying and get on board? Otherwise you’re just going to throw a big hissy-fit at the end of the window when we’ve not signed Messi, and another one when we finish 12th.

    We have a strategy, and it’s working. If people can’t get their heads around it they are just setting themselves up for disappointment and are feeding the journo scum who can keep rolling out the “deluded Toon” stories!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Apparently there’s a list going around from Portsmouth with prices on for all their players. I’d like us to sign Kevin Prince Boateng for the midfield, we could get him for a real bargain and would add an extra dimension to our midfield in an attacking sense. Also Anthony Vanden Borre who is on loan at pompey from Genoa would be good as he can play a few positions and in particular RB.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #32

    @Whumpie – not saying we will finish 7th, just that it is possible. Everton and Fulham will be competing for 7th and we are no worse than them.

    I expect us to finish between 12th and 15th, but with an injury free season and another 20 goals from someone we could scrap a 7th slot

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  • nuttyward

    Apr 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    http://forums.downloadfestival.co.uk/m4505554-p11.aspx
    hers some more toon tops need to scroll down to bottom of page

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Jamesthefirst – ah, fair enough. Yep, you can’t say it’s impossible. I think next season will be the biggest shake-up since it began.

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Well if the Spurts sell Modric to Manc Usa, then Arry may want to keep O’Hara & am I the only one who saw that Chelski aren’t in the market to buy loads of players this summer, instead they’re promoting 6 young reserves including Van Annoult into the 1st team, so the chances if getting him on loan are slim to none…

    As for position, as long as we finished above the unwashed & the Spurts, I don’t care where we finish.. 🙂

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  • yuwing

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #36

    my prediction for newcastle for epl 2010-2011 is 12-15th, if top 10, i will be grateful

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #37

    For me Scott brown + i like the thought of matt derbyshire.

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