Bruce underlines James interest

29 July 2010 08:57
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has admitted to holding an interest in David James, with the Black Cats short on goalkeeping options.[LNB] The Black Cats have been left exposed between the sticks after seeing first-choice shot-stopper Craig Gordon suffer a broken arm.[LNB]The Scotland international is set to be sidelined for the foreseeable future, meaning he will miss the all important opening weeks of the new season.[LNB]Sunderland do still have Marton Fulop on their books, who would provide able cover, but he is pushing for a move elsewhere after finding himself resigned to back-up duties over recent years.[LNB]Bruce, therefore, has an important issue to address with the Premier League season edging ever closer and has revealed that veteran keeper James could fit the bill.[LNB]The 39-year-old is currently available as a free agent after parting company with Portsmouth, and has been strongly linked with Celtic of late.[LNB]However, Sunderland could be about to make their move, with Bruce ready to offer the former Liverpool and West Ham man a short-term deal.[LNB]"James could be somebody that we're interested in because of the problem with Gordon," said the Black Cats boss.[LNB]"We had had a conversation with David's representatives and I'll make my mind up in the next week or so.[LNB]"It's something I didn't want to happen because I was very happy with Craig Gordon and how he did last year.[LNB]"David James has talked to Celtic, which we always knew he was going to do.[LNB]"I don't think he is trying to play one off against the other. He is just keeping his options open at the moment, but we're still hopeful something will happen."

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