Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed yesterday that the Imps’ interest in Mark O’Hara was at an end due to budgeting restrictions.
In a Twitter exchange with a supporter, he claimed Danny didn’t have the budget to buy O’Hara and that he wouldn’t be getting him on a free transfer, which is what the Posh chairman expects to come next.
It seems like a firm denial from the chairman and had a handful of Imps fans upset at the thought of him not returning. If he does come back, we have a midfield issue with O’Connor, Pett, Chapman and Frecklington all hoping for minutes, unless we try the never-seen-before wingless 3-5-2 formation. We can’t see it that happening.
Anyway, despite what MacAnthony says, we’ve uncovered evidence that his tweets can always bee taken with a pinch of salt, and a bid for Oldham’s George Edmundson this week has proven that.
On 22nd May, MacAnthony denied any Posh interest in the promising defender on Twitter. During one of his apparently insightful (inciteful?) question and answer sessions, he claimed that there was going to be no transfer attempted.
Less than three weeks later, they’ve bid £600k for him.
That’s either an indication that their transfer policy is haphazard and changed from one day to the next, or it’s a sign that he throws up a smokescreen on twitter and occasionally what he says has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
If it’s the latter, then there is every chance the Imps could still bag O’Hara.
Former Scotland Under 21 midfielder O’Hara joined Posh on a three-year deal last summer, with a compensation figure due to be paid to Dundee as part of the move. The Stacey West understands that figure was around £40k, but that Posh now want twice that for his services.
After four goals in 22 games, 18 of which were League One starts, he was farmed out on loan to the Imps. He caught supporters eyes with his aerial ability as much as his composure with the ball at his feet and in 17 outings bagged once for The Imps. He was a key part of the final few months of the season which saw a first Football League title lifted since 1976.
O’Hara is keen to remain at Sincil Bank if a deal can be struck.