James on his way/Embargo to stay?
It has seemed 'pretty obvious' for sometime that David James is either a player we want rid off or simply wants out himself, probably a bit of both to be fair - well, according to an 'exclusive' in The Mirror today, which has spread among the media, he is off to Stoke on loan?
His apparent £40,000-£50,000 per week - depending on where you read it - wages are, along with other high earners, continuing bleed money from us - which they are, lets be honest about it - and we want them, when we do pay then, taken off the books so Stoke are willing to take him on loan for the rest of this season with the option of another year next season?
Further talk sees it 'said' that a clause in his contract with us sees a new 1-year contract triggered if he plays another game for us, which is the real reason for him not playing for us anymore - 'illness' and 'injury' are all cover stories, although to be honest did many, if any, of us really believe that he has been as ill or injured as claimed for all this time?
His wages are 'said' to be an issue for Stoke as they want us to continue contributing towards this if they take him on loan - something that I am not sure we will, although paying some, as opposed to all would probably be preferred I guess, if we want him out...
I still think that James is a good keeper but for me his heart is not in it any longer so it is probably best for everyone that we part ways, for me 'if' James is that desperate to move on to 'save his world cup dream' and we want him to move on why not mutually agree to end his contract then it is up to him to drop his wage demands to get his move elsewhere?
Although as with so much of things in life, money often wins out so I doubt this would happen and 'perhaps' money could be the thing that prevents any move and ultimately costs him a world cup place, so it 'could' be a decision based on which is more important for him...
The Sun, which is one of the papers running the 'James to go' story, but another they run sees them 'claim' that the premier league will REFUSE to overturn the transfer embargo as they have not been satisfied that clubs are happy with the rescheduling of payments we have claimed?
An apparent 'premier league source' is 'said' to have spilled the beans: 'Portsmouth told us they are in the process of paying their outstanding transfer money or have rescheduled the payments.
'But we still need assurances that all the clubs involved are happy with these arrangements.
'Until we receive that, Portsmouth will not receive their scheduled TV payment from the Premier League and the embargo will remain in place.'
A premier league spokesman officially going on the record is what we need to hear from, perhaps The Sun has it spot on - which, in hindsight to be fair, they were with a number of things we rubbished back along I guess! - but official news, and for how much longer the embargo would last, if it did, is when something becomes the case...
Just to make it perfectly clear, so no one goes off half cocked, just because The Mirror and The Sun says anything it does not make it fact, then again not entirely fiction either! As always time will tell, but we NEED this time to be sooner, rather than later!
PLAY UP POMPEY!