Redknapp looks to bring in yet another of his former Pompey charges.
David James wants to rejoin Harry Redknapp at Tottenham to boost England chances
David James has indicated that he wants to leave Portsmouth for Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham to cement his place as England’s No 1 goalkeeper.
Despite the stirrings of a Portsmouth revival under Avram Grant, James is deeply dismayed by the break-up of Redknapp’s FA Cup-winning team at Fratton Park and harbours a strong resolve to rejoin his former mentor at White Hart Lane.
“You could say that I’m flattered by a team of Tottenham’s stature and that it would be good for my England chances to join an upwardly-mobile club,” James told Telegraph Sport.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Harry has been such a success at Tottenham.”
With Carlo Cudicini out at Tottenham with wrist and pelvic injuries after a motorcycle accident, the likelihood of James being installed as a deputy to Heurelho Gomes by Redknapp, who has long expressed his admiration for the 39 year-old, has increased. Grant, however, claims that Portsmouth cannot contemplate the loss of James, while Tottenham are yet to make a formal approach.
James explained: “You have to focus on where you are, and I want to help Portsmouth to climb the table. The departure of so many players from the club last summer was a great pity, especially when those players are your proven goalscorers.” He was referring to Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch, both of whom remain in the World Cup reckoning and have both moved to Tottenham.
“When half of the team disperse, you feel a bit cheated,” James said. (Daily Telegraph)
The ongoing saga of the seemingly nailed on move for David James to Tottenham appears to continue to rumble on and the England keeper’s recent comments appear to suggest that the veteran goalie very much wants such a move to be completed and it appears it may only be a matter of money that is holding up such a deal.
The 39 year old is currently struggling with injury but is still fit enough to interest Harry Redknapp who wants to bring his former player to White Hart Lane and a fee in the region of £2m would appear to be enough to make Pompey consider their options, especially given the recent fine form shown by replacement keeper Asmir Begovic.
Even though this source suggests that James would play second fiddle to in form Gomes at Tottenham in the long run such a signing could give Harry Redknapp a very good selection headache as on his day David James is one of the best in the business.