England man wants to renew ties with his former Pompey boss.
With the turmoil over Portsmouth’s ownership exacerbated by their poor start to the season, James is concerned that he could lose his national team place.
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, wanted to sign James in the summer but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refused to pay a big fee for a 39 year-old. However, a source close to the player insists that his desire to leave has hardened and that a deal is in the pipeline.
Tottenham have gained leverage over Portsmouth, which could help facilitate the deal. Spurs are still owed £2?million from Kevin Prince Boateng’s move to Fratton Park. It is understood that the Tottenham hierarchy are concerned that Portsmouth have spent money hiring Avram Grant as director of football and talked up recruitment in January while their debt remains unpaid.
Tottenham would still be reluctant to pay the £2 million Portsmouth want for James but could come to some accommodation, possibly an exchange involving Carlo Cudicini. Redknapp rates James above Heurelho Gomes and Cudicini.
James has had a difficult last six months. He had a shoulder operation at the end of last season and struggled with a knee problem at the beginning of this campaign. He missed five games for England before being called into action following Rob Green’s sending off in Ukraine. (Daily Telegraph)
I have to admit that this is one of those deals that I am surprised hasn’t already been completed. Tottenham looked like they were going to secure the signature of the veteran keeper in the summer but somehow they failed to seal the deal for yet another one of Portsmouth’s top talents.
With Carlo Cudicini doing a pretty decent job and with Heurelho Gomes on hand as well some may see a move for 39 year old David James as a little pointless but it is worth noting that in the last couple of seasons the England international has been in fine form and has erased the memory of those very frequent howlers he used to commit whilst at Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa.
Also whilst he may be fast approaching his 40th birthday, James is super fit and has a good few seasons in him and if a deal can be settled that does include the money already owed to Tottenham or as part of a player exchange then I can see a deal being thrashed out as early as January as James looks to secure the starting spot for the World Cup finals next summer.