Stoke end interest in James

Stoke have ended their interest in Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, the club have confirmed.

Potters boss Tony Pulis said yesterday he was keen on bringing the England international to the Britannia Stadium on a short-term deal.

However, those plans have now been shelved.

Pulis had until 5pm today to clinch a deal which would mean James would be able to play against former club Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League tomorrow.

However, he has opted not to take the interest any further, meaning Thomas Sorensen and Steve Simonsen are likely to be named in the squad for tomorrow's home match.