Joleon Lescott and David James sign new contracts

Portsmouth’s veteran goalkeeper David James and Toffees defender Joleon Lescott have signed extensions to their contracts. James will now stay at Fratton Park till the end of the 2009-’10 season while Lescott has pledged his future to Everton till the summer of 2012.

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Charlton Athletic sign Leroy Lita on loan

Championship side Charlton Athletic have signed Reading striker Leroy Lita on a twenty day long loan. Opportunities have been limited for the Congo born striker at the Madjeski and he now joins fellow Royal Sam Sodje at the Valley. Sodje is on loan at the club, and so are Greg Halford, Lee Cook and Scott Sinclair.

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David Wheater signs new Boro deal

Middlesbrough defender David Wheater has signed a new contract with the club which will see him stay at the Riverside for the next three and a half years. Wheater’s contract was due to expire in the summer, and the extension ensures that he will stay at Boro for the foreseeable future. The defender, who was born on Valentine’s Day, has been one of Boro’s more consistent players this season.

Wheater has represented England at the U-21 level and has been tipped by Fabio Capello as a future Three Lions star.