England goalkeeper David James looks set to join Stoke City on a loan deal that could see him seal his England place for this Summer’s World Cup.
The Portsmouth stopper will join on a six-month contract.
James remains out of the Portsmouth line-up due to a clause in his contract that could trigger a year long extension if he reaches a number of games.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis says the World Cup factor is the main reason why he pursued James.
Pulis said: “He'll want to be in South Africa and that attracts me to him. He is desperate to play in the World Cup.”