We noticed yesterday that The Telegraph had reported that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was still strongly linked with Tottenham midfielder O’Hara.
Jamie O’Hara – playing for Portsmouth last season
We had thought that O’Hara would have been a good possibility at Newcastle, but only if he was available for around £3M, which we think the Newcastle club could afford.
But the news a few weeks ago was that new West Ham United manager Avram Grant, who was managing Jamie at Portsmouth at the end of last season, was also interested in the player and the fee was quoted as £6M.
If it comes a battle between West Ham and Newcastle for the Tottenham player, the Tyneside club will not win.
So if indeed Jamie is going to cost around £6M, we think that puts an end to any interest from the Newcastle club.
As far as a good central midfielder goes, we could still go after Denmark’s 30 year-old Christian Poulsen of Juventus, on a season-long loan deal.
The experienced midfielder could certainly add something to the Newcastle squad for next season.