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O'Hara could stay/Boateng regrets

O'Hara could stay/Boateng regrets

It looks like Harry Redknapp is willing to do us, and Paul Hart, a favour by extending the loan spell of Jamie O'Hara beyond January - as far as Peter Storrie is concerned this was going to be the case anyway...

Clearly we want to keep O'Hara, and the noises being made suggest that this is clearly something that he wants as well as he knows that he will not get a look-in at Spurs, will he?

So long as he is not down to the 'bare bones' then Redknapp has told The News that he would be willing to do business if everyone is happy: 'we'll wait and see on Jamie.

'If we're okay and we've got plenty of bodies and Jamie wants to stay and they want to keep him on loan, then something could be done.

'We'll have a chat. If I can help anyone, I'll help Paul Hart.'

I think it is pretty safe to say we will be seeing Jamie at Pompey until the end of the season, at least...

Although, and as our friends at Vital Spurs point out, this makes for an interesting development regarding Giovani dos Santos.

Should we extend the loan deal of O'Hara the only possible way we could sign dos Santos - who the Spurs fans seem to really, really rate - would be to buy him, as we could not loan him in from Spurs as well, and they think it would take a very big bid for such a talented footballer.

We would need to sign O'Hara, or sign dos Santos, as we could not sign both - well not on-loan anyway...

Another player that he spoke about was Kevin-Prince Boateng, 'revealing' that he did not want to sell the midfielder: 'when I came in Boateng was injured, I think he'd had problems and they'd loaned him out.

'I was only listening to what other people were telling me about his character, the way he was behaving off the field, and it wasn't painting a very good picture to be honest.

'But when I looked at him play I thought "this kid can really play".

'To be honest, I wasn't keen to sell him. I think it was a good offer and the chairman obviously felt that maybe he needed to move on for his career.'

In something of a rarity these days I will actually defend Redknapp and say that I believe him when he says this.

Many will think he is 'just saying this' as the guy is doing the business for us and he would not want to be seen as 'letting someone get away', but I know for a fact - with something that Chix's research found out - that Boateng had been a player that Redknapp had spoken about many years ago and had seen his potential.

The thoughts that it appears the Spurs board wanted shot of him also tie in with what I was told back along about the deal, and shared with Vital Spurs in my post-match interview, on the issue. We had 'apparently' looked at the guy more than once although there were 'said' to be some concerns about how he would fit into our side, with some other players we had.

So, all in all I am actually in agreement with him here, and feel that his thoughts that he did not want to lose the player we picked up for a 'bargain' £4m are about right...


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Date:Tuesday October 20 2009
Time: 11:16AM


good article, and after saturday my case with redknapp is closed. Now i hope he is true to his word that he still loves Pompey and helps us get giovani and O'hara buy loaning/selling one or the other or even selling us both to help him fund his move for muntari. With him still liking us, we could turn his departure on its head to our gain??? once he has the pompey squad and we have the youthfull side Martin Jol was putting together on our books?
20/10/2009 11:33:00
Harry is a closed book now - one thing I give him enormous credit for:-- He could have left the game and not said a word - LOADS of crap press about pompey fans prior tot he game and there was no goodn news story to tell when it went of without a hitch and only light hearted banter. Harry used his media friendly image to HIGHLIGHT this when the media would just have let it die and left everyone with the wrong impression of our fans. Thanks Harry, you didn't have to do it but you put the media record straight! It's over now... good luck with spuds.
20/10/2009 12:10:00
I too will will declare peace on Harry, but to be honest, I was weakening before the weekend. That aside, I still recognise the beast in front of me. Harry selling players cos the Chairman wants to? I don't think so! More like he's made an enormous bloomer and its a massive case of sloping shoulders.
20/10/2009 13:13:00
honestly Gandor i was told, several weeks back - probably not long after we signed boateng - that he was not a player that redknapp wanted to get rid of but levy decided he did, so like i say i do tend to side, which is rare these days, with him here...altho like i said prior to the game i now have my closure on the whole issue so whilst i will not forget certain things, i no longer hold the grudge i guess i did - still gutted we could not have won that game tho!
20/10/2009 13:18:00
Yep I heard that story too Rug - probably from you actually. Funny how HR's chairman buy and sell players without his say so - Nugent?
20/10/2009 13:22:00
now days its not just the clubs descision to sell the players its more of the players descision and their agents. if the players not played for a year and the world cups comming up. the club has to take that into account. some players just want to play football some are just happy to pick up their wage packet at the end of the week. lauren , bentley , or o'hara and prince.
20/10/2009 13:43:00
boateng pompey play of the month for september and almost certainty for october if he keeps playing like this - what a well taken half volley - i dont think many players would have got that in with such venom and accuracy as kpb did against spurs! =)
20/10/2009 17:08:00
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