James ‘flattered’ by Tottenham talk

David James is “flattered” by reported interest from Tottenham and

admits the mass exodus of Portsmouth’s stars has left him feeling


The 39-year-old has increasingly struggled with injuries over

the last 12 months and is desperate to reclaim his place as

England’s number one ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Aside from fitness worries, James’ chances have arguably not

been helped by Pompey’s struggles on and off the pitch this season,

which have left them bottom of the Premier League table.

James is reportedly attracting the interest of Spurs and

former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp, who has been without an

established back-up to Heurelho Gomes since Carlo Cudicini suffered

serious injuries in a motorbike accident last month.

“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 the Sunday Telegraph.

A move to White Hart Lane would see James link up again with

Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar, who were three of

the stars allowed to leave Fratton Park in 2009 as Pompey looked to

balance the books.

New Pompey boss Avram Grant insists he will not let his

keeper follow but James revealed his dismay at the turn of events.

He continued: “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


“When half of the team disperse, you feel a bit cheated.”