Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy admits he wants to sign Jamie O'Hara on a permanent basis after the on-loan midfielder enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a goal in the 4-0 win over Blackpool.
O'Hara collected his second goal in two games to help kill off ten-man Blackpool at Molineux yesterday and finally lift Wolves out of the Premier League relegation zone.
The Spurs midfielder is on loan until the end of the season and has already admitted he fears his career at White Hart Lane is over. But another inspirational performance which breathed new life into Wolves' survival mission has improved his chances of a permanent switch to Molineux.
McCarthy said: "We want him to come and he wants to come. He's brought a bit of personality to the place and given us something different. Is a deal in place? You'll have to ask the chief executive. But he's a footballer who has helped us already."
Matt Jarvis had fired the hosts ahead after just two minutes with his fourth goal of the season and Blackpool's hopes of a comeback were wrecked when DJ Campbell was given a straight red card for lashing out at Richard Stearman. O'Hara and a late double from substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake ensured Wolves are out of the bottom three on goal difference.
It has been difficult not to feel sympathy for McCarthy this season. He can count the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool among his impressive list of victims but has still been down among the strugglers for the majority of the campaign. With only one of the top five to play in a potentially nailbiting final ten games, Wolves' fate is in their own hands as they bid to secure safety for the second successive season.
McCarthy added: "You can ask me about being out of the bottom three now but I've got May 22 tattooed on my arm. I came away from Blackpool on Tuesday night when Charlie Adam got booked thinking our luck must be changing. Then DJ gets sent off and that causes them all sorts of problems.
"But I'm not going to take away the fact that we were the better side when it was 11 against 11. We could have had six points from the last two games but four is a good haul. Our goal difference isn't the best so it was important to get some goals. We deserve more than we've been having."
Blackpool have only picked up seven points from the last ten games and are not safe from relegation yet. Seasiders manager Ian Holloway admitted: "I don't get shattered, I'm not glass or crystal. It was a stinking day in the office for me and it will have to be better than this.
"Wolves were a good team today, no matter where they are in the league. I'm bruised, it hurts and we were outplayed by a team that played much better than us. We won't have Charlie Adam or DJ Campbell against Chelsea and we will miss them. We will have to be better than this."