Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara could become the latest Englishman to move to MLS, with Sky Sports reporting that the free agent is set for talks with the Chicago Fire over a potential switch across the Atlantic.
O’Hara, 28, has been looking for a new club since August, after reaching an agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers to cancel his contract, and has been training with Queens Park Rangers in the meantime in a bid to maintain his fitness.
The former England under-21 international first arrived at Molineux on loan from Tottenham in the winter of 2011 but made the deal permanent at the end of the season after helping the club stave off the drop from the top-flight.
Successive relegations over the following two seasons, however, in which his form took a considerable dip, saw the £3.5 million man frozen out of the first-team picture, as new manager Kenny Jackett opted to use him just twice during the 2013-14 League One-winning campaign.
‘Being frozen out of the squad put a lot of strain on me so even with two years left on my contract, I decided to walk away in order to start afresh and rebuild my career,’ he told Sky Sports after leaving Wolves.
‘It is a risk worth taking because all I've ever wanted to do was to be a successful footballer.
‘I've had a tough 18 months but I know what I'm capable of as a player and feel that I have loads to offer. I'm still only 27 and my belief in my ability has never wavered.
‘I could have sat at Wolves and been paid a lot of money but I needed to move on so I could prove to other clubs that I'm not motivated by money,’ he added.
‘I have a new agency and a close-knit team of people around me who have given me the support I've needed to realign my mindset and to focus on what's important.’
A number of English clubs are reported to be interested in O’Hara’s signature, but the ex-Portsmouth loanee is understood to be keeping his options open and is set to spend a week in Chicago as he weighs up a possible move.
With the current MLS campaign entering the final weekend of the regular-season, a deal with the Fire would be with a view to starting life in the States in 2015, where he could join former Premier League strikers Robert Earnshaw and Florent Sinama-Pongolle at the club.
Once considered among English football’s brightest prospects during his time on the books of Spurs, O’Hara could no doubt give a huge boost to Frank Yallop’s side if he can rediscover some of his past form, with the team looking to bounce back from another failed attempt to make the post-season.