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Newcastle United Set For Potentially Disastrous Move for Sol Campbell

by Christian Bailey

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Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is not ruling out move for vastly-experienced former England defender Sol Campbell.

The 35-year-old, who is currently based in Northumberland, was heavily linked with the Magpies during the summer but ultimately signed a five-year deal with Coca-Cola League Two Notts County in one of the most surprising deals of recent times.

However, the 73-times-capped player’s spell at Meadow Lane lasted just one game – at 2-1 defeat by Morecambe – and he is currently fighting a legal battle with the club over his registration after his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”.

He hopes that situation will be resolved at a hearing on December 10, and has indicated his interest in resuming his career at St James’ Park.

Hughton has been told he will have a small budget to play with in January, but the chance to recruit a player of Campbell’s stature is one he admits he cannot afford to ignore.

He said: “It’s one that I wouldn’t rule out.

“He’s a player who will go somewhere at some stage, and he will get a lot of offers. But we won’t rule him out of coming here.

“I don’t expect him to go anywhere at the moment, but he will be playing somewhere. I don’t expect that to be until after Christmas.” (Independent)

Given the way Sol Campbell unceremoniously walked out on Notts County reportedly because the League Two side failed to snap up World Cup winner Roberto Carlos, a move for the undoubtedly talented former England international could be an unwise one.

Chris Hughton has taken his Newcastle side to the top of the Championship and whilst that is the least the club should be able to achieve they have scaled the summit of the division with a decent amount of style going forward and a fair bit of solidity at the back. After 16 games the club has conceded just ten goals so is there really need for another centre back?

I think the club is best off steering clear of this potential mine field, but knowing Mike Ashley and his desire to truly screw things up at the club, expect the Fat one to consider making an offer and then making Sol Campbell wear a specially monogrammed shirt that gives his Sports Direct brand maximum publicity.


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