Wolves outcast Jamie O’Hara has changed agents in a fresh bid to drum up interest in him, it emerged today – after failing to attract a single enquiry 165 days after his Brighton shame.
Head coach Kenny Jackett today revealed his surprise at the alarming snub by the footballing world that has led the transfer-listed £5m midfielder to change his representative from the experienced Neil Fewings to an as yet un-named agent.
Wolves have also rubbished a recent tabloid story claiming the 27-year-old would be allowed out on loan for £5,000-a-week – around a quarter of the former Tottenham man’s weekly wage.
O’Hara has played four games for Wolves Under-21s this season, each time watched by up to 40 scouts, while he scored twice and set up another in the recent 4-0 win over Reading’s second string.
But it appears no-one is willing to take a gamble on O’Hara, who still has more than two-and-a-half years left on his contract.
“We’ve had no enquiries about him whatsoever,” said Jackett.
“Every time he’s played for our Under-21s he’s been very impressive and put in some good performances.
“Even if you went there to watch someone else, you’d see a good performance from him. So it’s surprised me there’s been no interest in him.”
O’Hara continues to polarise fans’ opinions. Some are unprepared to forgive him after he angered supporters at Brighton on the final day of the season and stormed off the pitch. Others believe his creativity is missed and he should be re-introduced to the fold.
Jackett rejects the idea that the lack of interest is down to any negative publicity surrounding O’Hara.
“I don’t think it’s that,” he said.
Every player with the exception of one un-named star who has left Wolves since relegation to League One has been forced to take a pay cut.
And despite O’Hara being the only one of the four transfer-listed in the summer still not to have moved on, Wolves will not pay him a penny towards his exit.
Like Roger Johnson, O’Hara will be hit in the pocket if an interested club can’t afford his full salary.
Asked about allowing O’Hara to go for a cut-price loan deal, Jackett defended the board’s decision.
He said: “People have to do what is best for the club and their business. But I’d think it very much depends on who it is and where and what the timings are. And also probably what the prospects are.”
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