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Pompey eyeing up England Goalkeeper

With Jamie Ashdown currently injured and Pompey already looking for another Goalkeeper Harry Redknapp could make a move for England International David James.

With the Premiership season just over two weeks away, with the news of Ashdown`s injury during the week Pompey`s need for a third 'keeper has increased and a move for 35-year-old James is interesting Redknapp.

"We need another keeper and David is a very good player. He has been England's number one and is proven in The Premiership," Redknapp said speaking in Thursday`s Daily Mirror.

He went on to add,

'He is someone I would like to bring here.'

James has not always been portrayed in the kindest of ways but his quality and ability at the very highest level can`t be questioned. His possible arrival would not only strengthen our 'keeping department but add competition to current number one Dean Kiely.

Stuart Pearce may well be reluctant to sell, but with Nicky Weaver again fully fit and highly rated Joe Hart recently added to the City books, not to mention the legendary Peter Schmeichel`s son, Kasper another promising youngster a 2 million offer could sway the Manchester City boss.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 3 2006

Time: 11:14AM

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Surely Portsmouth now have the money and ambition to sign a better keeper than David James.
pitythefool
I don't understand why Harry would want him. I am not a fan of David James and the fact that he even got into the England squad with last season dredful performance in goal for City shocked me. He's 35-years-old, another reason I wouldn't buy him, he would only be in the squad for a season or two then he would retire along side Dean Kiely who is also 35-years-old. So then we would be on the look out for another two goal keepers. Whats the point in that and what a waste of money. Why don't we go for someone younger and talented like Charles Itandje from Lens who we were linked with earlyer.
Linvoy#1
Do we really need to waste 2m on someone who justifiably earned the nickname "Calamity" ????
lincspfcfan
We only really need another prem keeper because Jamies out. Maybe we should be getting someone in on loan? I think Dudek would be ideal!
CharlieChimes
charlie & lincspfcdan are right in my opinion, i dont think we have anywhere near the money hyped about at the moment so a loan would be the sensible option. I think the arrival of a contract for calamity will see a fairly prompt and understandable transfer request from Ashdown
russellm
I'd not disagree, James wouldn't be my number one pick for a 'keeper to bring in. But with this said I think his form last season was good, think your being a little harsh linvoy. People don't forget the mistakes, but I don't think he had that many really, all 'keepers make them, and he had made no more than any other IMHO last season. But if we do sign a 'keeper, not loan him, I'd prefer a younger model. Dudek, or Carson would be good options on loan. Green would be better if we were buying, maybe even Richard Wright, had a bad couple of years but you don't become a bad 'keeper over night, or do you...
pompeyrug
buy young is positive.even re building the confidence of a demoralised keepers like Wright / Carson is ok by me. James is not a really bad keeper pompeyryug but neither is he a good one, City fans will tell you it was Distin who controlled his box and not through choice. HR does not make many signing mistakes and i know he loves anything to do with his ols west ham lot, but i cant see how James is a step forward.
russellm
he isnt that bad ffs, he still has it and is a very good goalkeeper, he would be a good signing for you
green giant 12
hey greengiant, if he's still good why are City letting him go
russellm
As I say I'd rather a younger model, so Green, Wright, or Carson would suit me, even Dudek but only as a loan option really, but he'd not do that.
pompeyrug
I'll agree he isn't that bad. But Man City haven't actually said they are letting him go anyway have they?
pompeyrug
Pompeyrug MCFC have not made a statement no, but when Pearce said that "from now on their dealings would be kept private" they actually mean it LoL, Thought following my comments i ought to do a bit of checking & the general opinion of their fans seems to be that Nicky Weaver is at least his equivalent and deserves his chance (sound familiar anybody) and on the MCFC Vital site the comment seems that David James is a high earner for his contribution and that they should cash in.
russellm
I don't think David James would be a particularly good buy. He's 35 years old and has a bad reputation for being unreliable, i believe we should buy or loan a young keeper ( I.E Rob Green / Scott Carson). Either of these would be a good signing for the long-term.
grantusher
David James - you are having a giraffe?
merlin
If we are going to get a keeper, sign or Loan with a view to permanant signing in January Jezey Dudek. We know he has the experience and knowledge of the Premiership plus he is younger than David James. We all witnessed how DJ never moved and just watched the ball hit the back of the net with Mendes wonder goal. Not that i'm complaining he never moved, but how many other times has his done that ?
nelson
Please do not sign this clown. Yes, he's been in the England mix, but then so was Emile Heskey for quite a while!
Tantona
There arn't many keepers out there that you call fantastic. They are a unique breed. How many keepers did Man U go thru to replace Schmiecal. Even Paul Robinson has his moments. Despite his ****ups, I'd give him a go. Didn't HR have DJ at West Ham?
storagematt
Oh no not CALAMITY JAMES. Spare us please, we don't want CHALKIAS kissing cousin.
pompeygray
 

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