Sunday, August 06, 2006

James a goner?

From being mere speculation about Portsmouth being interested in another player, the club confirmed today that Portsmouth have made an enquiry for David James. Stuart Pearce though, only confirming that 'Portsmouth have been in touch and that's all I have to say'.

With Joe Hart getting the nod for todays defeat against Kashima Antlers (and with Nicky Weaver playing in the opening game), it is perhaps growing in likelihood that James could be departing.

Another interesting angle to this was a story that Swedish Andreas Isaakson has said he has reached agreement with Charlton over a transfer - but is 'waiting for Manchester City', as signing him would certainly not be 'one for the future' like that of Joe Hart and I cannot imagine him coming to back-up James.

Could Pearce decide that an offer of £2million plus for a goalkeeper who has two or three years left maximum at the top level be too good to turn down? Surely the only basis for the decision would be that of a financial nature as if it was solely down to footballing reasons then Portsmouth's enquiry would have been dismissed as James has not let the club down in any way, being perhaps the most consistent performer since his arrival and helping erase the memory of the disastrous signing of David Seaman.

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Anonymous said...

Of course it was Portsmouth's (at the time) Yakubu Aiyegbeni who ended Seaman's playing career by breaking his collarbone in our match together.

Roll on Pompey to finish your next keeper off, looking forward to getting Isakkson in three years!

Steve, Droylsden. said...

We would be stupid to let James go with only an injury-prone Keeper and two inexperienced Keepers to fall back on.

Anonymous said...

Good move as long as we get Isakkson.
James has been a good servant but Pearce is building a team of his own now and James can be a bit of a trouble maker behind the scenes when things go wrong.
Hopefully Redknapp will also come in for Thatcher and Mills. I'll keep on dreaming though!

daztheblue said...

I know someone, who knows someone that works at the club, and am lead to believe Jambo is not the most popular member of the squad (along with Danny Mills). This however should'nt alone be reason to sell him. Top notch goalie whos never let the blues down. The question is, is he past his best? He's a confidence keeper and if things start to go pear shaped nobody will touch him (especially with his England reputation). I'd say sell, 2m is good buisness for any 36 year old. Give Weaver his chance, he's worked hard enough for it.