Ex-Spurs man played key role in Jamie O'Hara's Blackpool switch

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Harry Redknapp played a key part in Blackpool signing former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

The 28-year-old midfielder completed a short-term switch to Blackpool, signing for new head coach Lee Clark until January 2015.

The former England Under-21 international has been without a club since August, having been out of favour at Wolves since the appointment of Kenny Jackett in 2013. He was a regular feature in their Under-21 side, but, despite being made available for loan, no club was willing to take the midfielder on. With first-team opportunities once again looking limited this campaign, O’Hara agreed to mutually terminate his contract, allowing him to sign with the Seasiders outside of the transfer window.

Having progressed through the Arsenal academy system, O’Hara moved to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2003, making his first-team debut for the Lilywhites in 2007. He went on to make 34 Premier League appearances for the North London club, winning the 2008 League Cup, before signing for Wolves. Whilst with Spurs, O’Hara also spent a spell with then Premier League club Portsmouth, and was a key part of their side which reached the 2010 FA Cup Final - which the eventually lost to Chelsea.

Having been part of Harry Redknapp’s squad at White Hart Lane, the now-QPR boss offered O’Hara the chance to train at Loftus Road following his departure from Wolves, and Blackpool head coach Lee Clark admitted that he signed the midfielder on Redknapp’s recommendation.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Clark said: “Jamie’s a terrific footballer, with a very good left foot. I spoke to Harry Redknapp because he’s been training with QPR for the last two months.

“I’d actually rung Harry about using their training facilities before the Fulham game and he mentioned that Jamie was looking really sharp. We all know he’s got ability. He’s now toned up and is very hungry.”

Clark will be hoping that O’Hara has the kind of impact he had whilst at Spurs, when he was considered one of the most talented young English midfielders in the game.

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