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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!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 14 2010

Time: 10:05AM

Your Comments

If it wasn't for Begovic, I'd want to keep him. However Begovic has earned his run in the team and certainly has not disappointed. Thanks for the good times Jamo and good luck !! PUP
BarneyArmy
so oharas off tomoz then and we will never see him in a pompey shirt again ...
pompeyhussler
O'Hara will be back or warming the Bench, as he played for Spurs and us and is not allowed to play for another team this season.
Midge
Thought something was a miss when Jamo wasn't even sub,and Ashdown taking that role. Surely if he was fit it would have been the ideal game to give him 20 minutes at the end to get a bit of match fitness. Best of luck to him if he goes on loan to Stoke or I still reckon Spuds will come in for him and he gets 1st team footy to get his England place back. I don't reckon his heart is in it for Pompey and also I think Begovic rightly holds the number one spot at the moment.
blarmy
Ok... sunderland want him on loan, but want us to pay at least SOME of his wages. I don't think that's too bad - just so long as we have a recall option if begovic gets injured...
pompeycarpet
If James wants to go to Stoke and ROT on the bench, then good riddance. Sorensen is alot better then him, and he would only be a back-up. Great way to get match time in before the world cup!
.Andrew.
Jamo spent more time talking to the press than anything else so with AB's form I would take the 200k salary saving. Can't blame the PL for wanting a proper check; what I don't understand is why haven't the PL paid the clubs yesterday if that was there intent? Good luck to Jamo he was fine for us- mostly.
russellm
I think the PL are just trying to get us out of the PL. I'll put money on the embargo being lifted about 2-3 days after the transfer window closes.
.Andrew.
Before we cut our nose off to spike our faces, let's not forget what a brilliant keeper Jamo was for us when everything was wonderful. Many a time he won us games & a part of great defence, we could win matches by the odd goal. I thank him & wish him well. As for the prem & the embargo, they will use it as a stick to beat us & use as an example to others!!!
storagematt
Jamo's done a great job for us, but if he's got itchy feet then it's clearly a good time to get his wages off the books - and as has been said, Begovic is looking a quality ready-made replacement. Dying for official news on the embargo, but as long as it's good news I'm happy to wait until the (hopefully VERY soon) update.
Tantona
bye bye
Super Bock 1898
The intent- the intent
russellm
Andrew you probably have a point, we are linked to alleged tax evasion by the chief exec, alleged tax evasion by the previous owner; or was he or was it his dad the list goes on, investigations into faye transfer, investigation into Benjani transfer; not to mention an ongoing corruption investigation against a previous manager nor the fact that we haven't paid our players or staff on time.I can't imagine why they might want shot of us given that since we arrived the various club managements have covered our name in glory.
russellm
Did I mention not paying clubs owed money even when we have sold players on for a huge profit, or paying clubs for players we took on loan and generally defaulting on every creditor? LoL as my gran used to say " still musnt grumble"
russellm
Matty I must agree with you Jamo has earned us many points we would surely not have had we might even had been relegated last season if it wasnt for him so good luck & i hope makes the England squad , As for the Embargo i think it wont get lifted untill around the 25th when if we have all the coorect players / loans pre arranged we should stll be able to bring in the 3/4 we are going to need,
sea-juicer
thanks for the memories Jamo, but i think its probably best for both parties if he goes now. I have every faith in Begovic.
southportpompey
 

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