Will Jamo Be Here In January?

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 13 October 2009
David James has been the subject of much speculation this past international week, and it just won't go away.

The inevitable Tottenham rumours have done the rounds as usual but I was surprised when I saw that Manchester United had been linked with a move for the 39-year-old stopper.

I just think that's paper nonsense as I can't see Alex Ferguson signing a goalkeeper who is almost 40-years-old as a stop gap for the injured Edwin Van Der Sar and the underperforming Ben Foster.

Not only that, but James moved from Manchester to Pompey to be closer to his partner so I don't think he'd want to move back up north. My only niggling doubt there is that Manchester United are a huge club for anyone to turn down, let alone someone playing for a club currently bottom of the Premier League.

But where Old Trafford might be a bit far-fetched, White Hart Lane certainly isn't.

We all know that Harry thinks that Jamo is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and that he doesn't rate Gomes or Cudicini that highly. Not only that, but if James were to be starting every game for a club challenging the top four/six then he'd be certain to start for England in South Africa 2010.

But will he leave?

Peter Storrie has said that the speculation is nonsense and that James is happy here but he isn't going to say any different, is he? And although the Pompey goalkeeper claims he is happy at Fratton Park you do wonder if he'll change his mind if Pompey are rooted to the bottom of the league come January.

Even if we're not, if Tottenham are making a good fist of qualifying for Europe then he still may be tempted to join Redknapp especially if he and Hart still don't see eye-to-eye, providing Hart is even with us come January of course.

As our only big name left who hasn't jumped ship yet and he does seem to have more loyalty to the cause than the likes of Kranjcar and Distin, but you can expect plenty of speculation regarding James' future at the club and nobody will be certain that he is going to stay at Pompey until January 31st.

I hope he stays with Portsmouth but with the England goalkeeping spot up for grabs next year, don't count on it.

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