Crunch time for O’Hara

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Paul Ince will today make a final decision on whether to sign Jamie O’Hara.

Blackpool have agreed a loan deal with Wolves for the 27-year-old – it would run initially until January – but manager Ince is yet to give the transfer the go-ahead.

The midfielder has been training with the Seasiders this week because Ince insisted on checking out the former Tottenham man’s fitness before going through with the deal.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett recently criticised O’Hara’s mobility.

The Gazette understands O’Hara has impressed this week and it’s now down to Ince to make a final decision ahead of today’s 5pm loan deadline.

Pool are looking to complete at least one short-term deal today, with West Brom’s Graham Dorrans another player linked with the Seasiders.

Pool made enquiries about the Scotland winger yesterday, though it’s believed Championship rivals Nottingham Forest lead the race.

Pool assistant boss Alex Rae said: “We may try to get one in. It’s just a case of trying to identify the position.

“We lost Bradley Orr last week, so it may be a case of looking for another defender.

“But we also need to consider that Craig Cathcart will be fit soon, so we just need to sit down with the staff and decide if there is any business to be had.

“With Fergie (Barry Ferguson) and Cathcart back soon, it will obviously make a difference to how our squad looks.”

Rae will be back in his more familiar assistant’s role when Pool face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday because Ince will be allowed into the ground after his five-game stadium ban.

It will be the first time Ince has taken charge of his side at Bloomfield Road since the draw with Bolton two months ago. Rae admitted: “I’ve enjoyed it but I must say I’m looking forward to getting the gaffer back.

“When you have the gaffer as well as myself giving orders it has a wee bit more punch, so I’ll welcome him back.

“It was a tough five-game run. We played some tough teams and we knew it was always going to be difficult, so I suppose eight points from the five games isn’t bad.

“If we could have nicked the win at Birmingham on Saturday it would be promotion form, and we have a lot of injuries as well.”