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Pompey warn James suitors to forget bids

PORTSMOUTH chief executive Peter Storrie has told Tottenham and Manchester United to forget about trying to lure goalkeeper David James from Fratton Park.<br /><br />Both clubs have been linked with January swoops for the veteran England No1, who has admitted to being unsettled by the club&rsquo;s turbulent past few months.<br /><br />Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who is thought to have bid for James over the summer, could return to his former club with another offer.<br /><br />United, meanwhile, are understood to be monitoring the 39-year-old, amid concerns over the long-term fitness of No1 Edwin van der Sar and the form of his back-up Ben Foster.<br /><br />Dire financial circumstances have forced Portsmouth to offload a host of stars since the turn of the year, including England trio Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson. But following last week&rsquo;s takeover by Saudi businessman Ali Al-Faraj, Storrie insists they are under no pressure, and have no desire, to sell James.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a load of rubbish, it really is. David is under contract and it will be staying that way. He&rsquo;s happy and we are happy. David is going absolutely nowhere,&rdquo; said Storrie. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t need to sell him and we have no interest in doing so. People should ignore these rumours, that&rsquo;s all they are.&rdquo;<br /><br />Redknapp, who left for north London a year ago, has already raided his old team for three players: Defoe, Crouch and Niko Kranjcar. The goalkeeping position remains a conundrum, with neither Heurelho Gomes nor Carlo Cudicini establishing themselves as an automatic choice.<br /><br />James is a rarity in that he is eligible for the Champions League and would not command a huge fee. That makes him more attractive to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has seen Foster struggle this season in place of the injured and ageing Van der Sar.