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David James Moves to Stoke City as Portsmouth Wage Issue Is Resolved

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Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James is poised to join Stoke on loan for the rest of the season, subject to passing a medical, reports BBC Stoke.
Stoke had initially ended their interest in the 39-year-old because of a dispute over who would pay his wages.
But now that issue has been resolved, James looks set to move to the Britannia Stadium.
James wants to prove his form and fitness to England coach Fabio Capello ahead of the World Cup this summer.
The former Liverpool and West Ham keeper has played 141 times for Portsmouth and was part of their FA Cup-winning side in 2008, but has only figured 12 times this season, with a combination of injury and Asmir Begovic keeping him out of the side.

With his England place coming under increasing threat from Birmingham’s in-form keeper Joe Hart and West Ham’s Robert Green, James is desperate for a run of games in the Premier League.
He will have to battle Thomas Sorensen for the goalkeeper’s jersey at Stoke, after the 33-year-old Danish international recently pledged his future to the club despite being linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich. (BBC Sport)

There were many clubs chasing veteran England international David James, with Tottenham appearing to take a keen interest in the 39 year old but the upturn in form from Heurelho Gomes probably prevented the need for Harry to reacquaint himself with the Portsmouth keeper and now he is on the way to Stoke City.

Its a move that the Britannia Stadium side have done very well to complete as on his day the former Liverpool and West Ham man is one of the best performers in the Premier League. James will be keen to show what he is capable of so as to help persuade Fabio Capello that he should still be the nations first choice keeper.

Tony Pulis continues to do a great job at Stoke and it shows just how far the Potters have come that lying in 11th place could be considered a position they could well improve on and they seem to be a side who no longer has to worry about relegation tussles and a move for David James shows that the club continues to move in the right direction. With Thomas Sorensen also at the club they have two proven goalies who will now be fighting tooth and nail for a regular spot and that can only be a good thing for Stoke City Football Club.

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