Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop has admitted that he’d love to sign Jamie O’Hara, having seen the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder impress during his two-week trial.
O’Hara, 28, has been looking for a new club since August, after reaching an agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers to cancel his contract, and was training with Queens Park Rangers last month in a bid to maintain his fitness.
With the Fire missing out on a post-season place in 2014, Yallop has his sights set on rebuilding the current squad, and is eager to make ex-England under-21 international part of his plans moving forward.
‘Jamie's done well,’ he was quoted in MLSsoccer.com. ‘We brought him in to see what he's all about, and heard good things about his football. I know him from his Tottenham days, and Wolves and all the teams he's played for.
‘I think he'd be the first to admit that he's kind of lost his way his way a little bit in England,’ Yallop continued. ‘He’s a Premiership-type player that has qualities that would add to our team. Again, it's a jigsaw puzzle.
‘I'd love to say that, yeah, we got him and we're going to sign him, but at this point we will sit down with Jamie and his agent and see where it takes us. I think he's done well enough to be on our team, for sure.’
Once considered one of English football’s brightest prospects, O’Hara’s form has taken a considerable dip after falling out of the first-team picture at Wolves over the past 18 months, and the former Portsmouth loanee is understood to be open to a new challenge overseas.
With the MLS regular-season ending this past weekend, a possible deal with the Fire would be with a view to starting life in Chicago in 2015, where he could join fellow ex-Premier League men Robert Earnshaw and Florent Sinama-Pongolle, who have both been attempting to convince him to make the move.