Coventry City are to be put on high alert as Callum O’Hare prepares to quit Aston Villa, as reported by Football Insider.
The youngster has enjoyed a fruitful season with the Sky Blues, who look set to be promoted to the Championship. His loan spell saw him make 39 appearances, with four goals and seven assists. He formed a key part of the side that has pushed Mark Robins’ team to the cusp of promotion, which should be ratified by early next week.
He has been offered a new deal by his parent club, but he looks ready to reject that and walk away from Villa Park for good. His first team chances there have been limited and aside from a good loan spell with Carlisle, he’s largely been left on the sidelines. A host of clubs from the Championship and League One are likely to be eager to offer him a new deal, but his experience with Coventry has clearly given him a taste for senior action.
That experience is likely to leave them out in front for his signature, should he confirm he is leaving Villa Park. He wouldn’t come for free though; as a product of the youth system, he would command a development fee.
O’Hare has been capped by England at Under 20 level and spent much of his time at St Andrews playing attacking midfield.
There is little doubt O’Hare is a talented boy, but his route to first-team football at Villa Park looks blocked. They spent a small fortune last summer, eager to remain in the top flight, and are unlikely to risk that next season should they remain there by playing young players.
That would mean another loan spell for the midfielder, but seemingly that is not enough; there will be no shortage of suitors but Coventry seems a sensible fit; he’s local to the area, he already knows the club and he’s been a success there.
We would be hugely surprised if Coventry are finally confirmed as a Championship and O’Hare did not later move there.