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Portsmouth midfielder Jamie O'Hara admits he would consider making his loan move from Tottenham permanent if he is unlikely to start regularly at White Hart Lane.

The 22-year-old moved to the South Coast in search of matches and despite signing a four-year deal shortly before his departure, O'Hara had no intention of spending the campaign warming the bench in North London.

He said: "I wanted to sign a new deal at Tottenham, but I also want to play football."

He added: "Being at Portsmouth is a learning curve and it's a chance for me to show everyone what I can do.

"If I enjoy it down here and Tottenham bring in a few players during the January transfer window, maybe there will be an option to stay here.

"I'm looking forward to giving my best for the club and the manager, and you never know what will happen. If I do well, something might happen.

"I've come here to play and if I play and I'm enjoying my football, then why wouldn't I want to stay?"

One ambition O'Hara harbours is to stake his claim for a place in England manager Fabio Capello's squad for next summer's World Cup.

He added: "Obviously, it's a big ask to be pushing on for England. But once I have the confidence in my ability from playing week in, week out, hopefully someone will pick up on that.

"Hopefully, I can start pushing myself into that squad and it would be nice to get in - it would be a fantastic achievement. I'm going to get my head down here and work as hard as I can."

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