Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roeder's Set to Move for James; Football

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roeder's Set to Move for James; Football

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Byline: KEN DYER

DAVID JAMES is likely to become one of Glenn Roeder's first targets at West Ham should Aston Villa be prepared to sell their goalkeeper.

New West Ham manager Roeder, who has [pound]16million to spend on strengthening his squad, has drawn up a wanted list and it is understood that the England goalkeeper is on it.

Villa could be prepared to do business at around [pound]3.5m, but it is not yet clear if James himself wants to leave Villa.

The Welwyn-born goalkeeper was rumoured, a week ago, to be keen for a move back to London.

Roeder was James's manager at Wat-ford early in the player's career and is aware of his strengths.

He will also know all about the occasional gaffs by the 30-year-old which earned him the nickname 'Calamity James' during his time at Liverpool.

Yet James has become much more consistent over the last couple of seasons and has also forced his way back into the England squad.

West Ham's first-choice goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, had a moderate time by his own standards last season and has failed to reproduce the form he showed before fracturing a leg 18 months ago.

Roeder, meanwhile, is continuing his search for a first-team coach. The new West Ham manager had been interested in recruiting the former Brentford manager Ray Lewington, but he had already agreed to join Gianluca Vialli and Ray Wilkins at First Division Watford.

FRANK LAMPARD was not worth the [pound]11m Chelsea paid West Ham, Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale said today.

The Elland Road club were linked with the England midfielder before he joined Chelsea earlier this month, but Ridsdale said: "We were never seriously in for Frank Lampard. We did not feel he was worth the value placed on him."

LIVERPOOL'S new signing John Arne Riise has telephoned Fulham manager Jean Tigana to explain his reasons for snubbing the London club.

Fulham had lengthy talks with the Norwegian international and believed they had reached an agreement when the Anfield club moved in. …

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