Arsenal Centre Back Sol Campbell Weighs Up Celtic and Newcastle United Interest

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Sol Campbell has travelled to Celtic’s training ground to hold talks over a proposed summer switch to the Scottish club.

The veteran defender spent the second half of last season at Arsenal during his second spell at the club, but the short-term deal expired in the summer.

It means the 35-year-old is now a free agent and can join another club, with the Bhoys and Premier League side Newcastle both believed to be interested.

The former England international looks to be edging towards a switch to Neil Lennon’s side, who finished last season trophyless and in the wake of Old Firm rivals Rangers.
Campbell feels he still has plenty to offer at the highest level and was looking to extend his second stint at Emirates Stadium.

However, no deal was put on the table at the end of the season, and a move north of the border looks a strong possibility as Campbell and Celtic began face-to-face negotiations on Tuesday. (Sky Sports)

Clearly Sol Campbell is no spring chicken but he proved last term on his Arsenal return that he can do a good job at the highest level. One can see why Chris Hughton and Neil Lennon are keen to snap up the former England man and whilst a deal for the 35 year old would clearly be a short term investment it would be a very good one at that.

He is still very fit for his age and is very quick and able to keep up with opposition attackers and arguably could more easily ease into life in the SPL but would do a fine job at St James’ Park and at either club he could hand a few good lessons to youngsters eager to learn from a vastly experienced war horse.

Campbell is clearly going to ask for a hefty salary but no transfer fee more than makes up for any wage demands. Cash strapped Celtic may be more willing to splash the cash but a move to the Toon Army offers the former Tottenham and Portsmouth man the chance to continue displaying his talents in the Premier League.

Either way, Arsene Wenger’s decision to not offer a new deal could be someone else’s gain.

Watch this space.

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