Sunderland are interested in signing veteran England international, David James. The 39-year-old is set to leave Pompey after failing to respond to the club’s contract proposal before the deadline to answer passed.

James is preparing to open negotiations with Scottish side Celtic, but Sunderland are going to try and make a bid for the veteran goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports.

Black Cats number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon will miss the beginning of the season after suffering a broken arm, and back-up Martin Fulop is believed to be leaving the club this summer.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is now left with minimal goalkeeping options and could now turn to James to solve his problem between the sticks.

James, formerly of Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City, became England’s number one goalkeeper at the World Cup, playing in the Three Lions’ three matches in South Africa after Robert Green’s mistake in the first group game against the United States.