Pool ponder O’Hara deal

Blackpool's Thomas Ince battles with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jamie O'Hara
Blackpool's Thomas Ince battles with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jamie O'Hara
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Blackpool are considering a loan swoop for Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

The 27-year-old is training with the Seasiders with the view to a possible short-term move ahead of Thursday’s loan transfer deadline.

O’Hara has been plagued by injury since his £5m switch from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011.

He was placed on the transfer market this summer by new Wolves boss Kenny Jackett but has since forced his way back into their first team set-up.

It’s understood Pool boss Paul Ince is very interested in a deal for O’Hara but wanted to assess the midfielder’s fitness before completing the move.

Jackett confirmed: “Jamie is on trial with Blackpool. The idea is he has a few days training with them with a view to a loan move by Thursday.

“Kevin Thelwell (Wolves’ head of football development) will be in touch with Blackpool in the middle of this week and they will either take him on loan before the window closes or they won’t.”

O’Hara burst on to the Spurs scene in 2008, becoming a regular under Juande Ramos. After winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award and earning a three-year deal, he fell down the pecking order under Harry Redknapp the following season.

He moved to Portsmouth in 2010, playing in the FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea and being named the club’s Player of the Year. O’Hara, who hails from Kent, joined Wolves for £5m but has found himself out of favour after a host of injuries and two successive relegations.

But he has been welcomed back into the fold by Jackett and has made two substitute’s appearances this season.

He was again expected to train with the Seasiders today, although half the squad won’t be present.

A Pool team including Steven Davies, Michael Chopra and Marvin Zeegelaar is set to face Blackburn in a behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon. Ince is desperate to get game-time for his squad players and is expected to name a strong team, also featuring Tom Barkhuizen, Nathan Delfouneso and Bobby Grant.