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Portsmouth withdraw contract offer for David James

David James
James began his career as a trainee at Watford

Portsmouth have withdrawn their contract offer to England goalkeeper David James.

The 39-year-old failed to commit himself to the Fratton Park club after being offered a deal in May.

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt told BBC Radio Solent: "We have done everything we possibly could.

"Our first preference would have been to keep hold of him, but unfortunately in these circumstances we can't always get over the line with these things."

The former Liverpool shot-stopper, who played three times for England in the World Cup after taking over from Robert Green, made 158 appearances for Pompey during his time at the club and captained them to their FA Cup defeat by Chelsea in May.

He wanted to be Pompey player-manager, according to administrator Andrew Andronikou in May, but Steve Cotterill took over the Fratton Park hot-seat.

606: DEBATE

Lampitt continued: "Both myself and Steve Cotterill tried to get to the point where we might be able to retain him as a player.

"He's been a great player for this club, a real asset over a number of years.

"We held out for him for as long as we could, but we've got three weeks until the start of the new season and we need to continue the re-building process and obviously part of that is getting a good goalkeeper in."

New manager Cotterill currently only has 18 players listed in his first-team squad, following a wave of departures following the club's financial struggles.

Portsmouth are currently in administration and face an appeal from HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid taxes.



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