Newcastle Closing In On Sol Campbell


Newcastle United are said to be confident of landing Sol Campbell form Portsmouth this summer.

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Sol Campbell – heading to Newcastle United?


Portsmouth confirmed yesterday that the former Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal player will leave the club after the FA Cup final next weekend.

Kevin Keegan is said to be a huge fan of the 33-year-old and tried to see if he could sign him in the January transfer window. The news from Newcastle is that they will sign the England International, who has 73 caps for England a two-year contract.

Campbell will be a good acquisition for Newcastle, even though he is getting a little long in the tooth (he turns 34 in September), but his vast experience at the highest levels will be a huge advantage for some of our Newcastle young defensive players like Steven Taylor, David Edgar and Tamas Kadar.

Obviously Sol will be a free transfer and Newcastle will be able to offer him a very good wage package.

One thing we don’t know is whether he still has a Newcastle girlfriend, which will be another positive for us, if he has.  A year ago, we wrote that Campbell’s girlfriend was the daughter of a Tyneside businessman, and therefore a move to Newcastle would certainly suit him domestically.

Anybody know of Sol’s current romantic situation?

Sol played 255 games for Arsenal (10 goals), 135 times for Spurs (8 goals) and has played 59 times for Portsmouth (2 goals).

Comments very welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • Nick Dryden

    May 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    2/3 years too late. With respect it has always been reported that Sol has a different sexual agenda, so not sure about the ” geordie ” girlfriend.

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  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Good, a much better target than the ManC carthorse. I would be as happy as a pig in sh*t if we got him.

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  • Obafan

    May 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Get him perhaps this is the beginning of the good news. much better than Dunne even at this age.

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  • ELFER

    May 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Why getting this old slow man into our back four? Wouldn’t be that happy with him no…

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  • Jimmie

    May 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Why not give him 1 or 2 seasons, would be good for our younger defenders to learn from him.

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  • RayNUFC

    May 8, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    On a free transfer, i can”t argue with that. Yeah it’s prrobably two or three years too late but he will be a good mentor for our young defenders.

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  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Personally I couldn’t care less about his sexual preferences so long as he does the biz on the pitch. I understand that there is a certain aggressive midfielder at the toon of a similar ilk and it seems to work OK as far as the other players are concerned so why should it bother us, unless you are an out an out homophobe.

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  • Eric

    May 8, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    A good addition and said so the other day. At 33 he has got the experience and solidity that can rub off on Taylor, Edgar and Kadar. Go and get him. Have a chat with Diarra KK while you are at it.

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  • paulthepom

    May 8, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    good replacement for ramage.got the experience and ability to play at the top for 2 more seasons [with a younger faster centre half alongside] to nurture.hopefully taylor when he signs a new deal.we could maybe then use faye as a defensive midfielder.thought he did very well there when he played under fat sam a few times.also adds height into midfield which we lack.

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  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    As I said in a previous blog some players can slow down a bit as they get older but they compensate by having a bit of footy savvy upstairs and I reckon Sol comes into this category. Not That I think he has lost much of his pace anyway.

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  • JenniP

    May 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    As a Pompey fan I dont really see this happening, the director who made these comments has already retracted them, while Sol may leave its more likely he will go to Europe as he did say he wanted to play in a European league before he retires.

    Saying that, I think we or anyone who takes him on will be lucky to get another great season from him, although a ok Sol season would still be an major improvement for most clubs.

    Jen

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  • jimmynails

    May 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    no way like tenner says if he signs he shares with joey B , careful bending over like tying boot laces like you might trip.

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  • James

    May 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    To think that Roeder turned him down when he was 30 for saying he was too old. And now we’ll talk him after everyone else is finished with him.

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  • jimmynails

    May 8, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    hes been around like really likes it on the chin might be a bit rusty like

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  • Iain

    May 8, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    It was in one of the tabloids at the weekend that he is still with her. It had a pic of her saying that she had critcised Victoria Beckham or something like that. Apparently she is Sir Lawrie Barratts granddaughter.

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  • Jeff

    May 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Hi I am Sols Newcastle girlfriend – I for one hope he signs for Newcastle so that me and Sol ‘Mandingo’ Campbell can enjoy more nights out at Powerhouse and Camp David.

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  • Toon boy

    May 8, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Dont want him, too old!!!Why would we sign somebody like this when the Tech Director, Manager, Chairmen have openely stated that they want players at the right age!!
    Who would he get into the team in place of? Faye and Taylor arguably have been our most consistent performers since KK took over!!
    Will Campbell be content with a place on the bench?? Doubt it…………………..
    This would be a step back in my opinion……..

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  • craig chisholm

    May 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    i think he is good for one year. having said that, who wants him? wise or keegan. chrsit knows whats going on there but to be honest i think kk will either get it his way or he will leave. i am fed up with mort.

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  • Hadji

    May 8, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Do you honestly think he’ll be here to teach Taylor,Kadar,etc the trade.
    Who’s next….Maldini and Ballota.

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  • Kash2

    May 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    the rumour was of him and Lennox Lewis, did anybody here that one?

    OK signing, we need 2 centre backs, and to be fair to him he’s probably quicker than all our CB’s anyway as Faye is slow and Taylor isn’t that quick. We do need a very speedy CB however, and I hope we have someone lined up for that!

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  • Nick C

    May 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Alan Hansen might be a good bet Mr Ashley. He has a lot of experience and would also be on a free!

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  • Bongo

    May 8, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Why would he be a free transfer? He still has 1 year of his contract at Pompey to run?

    If they are releasing him from his contract, that would have to make him a Pomepy cast-off?

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  • JenniP

    May 8, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Looks like your not getting a sniff anyway, this was just posted on the offical Pompey site

    http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/?cms_id=78&qs_articleid=1205&qs_media=html

    Saying that it wouldnt be the last time someone had said that said a player was definately staying only to have them leave the next day.

    Jen

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  • Neil M

    May 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Sol is not on his way to the Toon. Expect him to turn up overseas…

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  • valle

    May 8, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Very good deal, especially if its a free transfer… Who cares if he is slow?… We need a guy who can dominate the box especially at set pieces and who knows where to position himself when danger lurks… I expect us to buy at least one more CB tho, as we will lose Roz. Whether that will be Dunne or Alves i dunno.

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  • Archie Brand

    May 8, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry – should be heading for the glue factory not for St James’

    Wise old head only goes so far. I suppose when the likes of Cliche and Lennon and Ronaldo are tear-arsing past him, he’ll probably figure out that he’s been stripped much quicker than the younger inexperienced defenders would.

    Keegan’s set up the left and right sides of defence with 2 fast attacking defenders – hence our new flowing style, if they get caught upfield then I doubt if Campbell is the man to hold the fort at the back.

    As for his personal preferences, maybe he’s just the man to stop the big boys getting in round the back and hammering balls across.

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  • Toony

    May 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    GOD NO!!!!

    Campbell is now a has been, bring him in as a coach for the young uns but I would not want him in the first team. Too slow now and any team with a bit of pace up front (almost every premiership team) will zip past him and score before he even turns around.

    Ceullar looks class and should be the standard we are looking for not like Nick C just said potential past it BBC pundits!

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  • keeganpleasecomeback

    May 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    experience and class – is something he got…and something we need..
    Dont know about the girl friend – unless she got a beard and a “duck” thats always been sol’s “girlfriends”

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  • ToonDaft

    May 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    i have to ask the question then: why is Harry getting rid? obviously he sees his as surplus to requirements for Pompey, so why would we want him? i thought we were going to be challenging them next season, not fielding players deemed not good enough anymore from them – we are about two years late in this signing imo as I very much doubt Sol would sign in the knowledge that he was going to be a squad player

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  • Nick Dryden

    May 8, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    BILL F . Not homophobic at all. Just pointing out that the mention of a girlfriend to lure him to tyneside was probably wide of the mark.

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  • Nobby's dad

    May 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Portsmouth are apparently looking at Luisao the Brazilian at Benfica – so we get their cast -offs?

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  • broon ale

    May 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #32

    who is this agressive midfielder you speak of who is a certian way inclined?

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  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Nick, sorry if that sounded like an accusation or insult it wasn’t intended like that. I should have read the editorial more throughly. Thats the problem when you skim a story.

    broon ale, someone some time ago suggested that a player who may be currently involved in a courtcase may be inclined towards the male gender. Of course it may be total rubbish but it was quite a strong rumour.

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  • Hadrian

    May 8, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    not sure about sol, he’s been poor everytime ive watched them this season ,b ut also got some rave reviews when ive not watched them /shrug ,
    for free aye , at 100k pw ! no chance !

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  • broon ale

    May 8, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Bill F- didnt he get arrested with his girlfriend outside a liverpool Mcdonalds?

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  • Gordon

    May 8, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #36

    “Anybody know of Sol’s current romantic situation?”

    You keen to date him Ed?!

    When he was at Arsenal all the talk in London was that he’s gay!

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  • Dondatta13

    May 8, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Sol Campbell had the chance to join NUFC before he turned his nose up at the offer and joined Portsmouth ….. I dont want him!

    Dont know if he’s gay mind you, wasnt he in the papers when all his women sussed he was playing them all. One was a middle aged bint! Then he went missing for a week or so to get his head right. Im sure Wenger gave him time off because of it.

    Now then … Can I have a B&W Van man pls.

    Van der Vaart for the Toon!

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  • Bobby Ollox

    May 8, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #38

    It really doesnt matter – we could get the England back 4 and put them in black and white shirts, and they would play like cart horses. We dont do defenders, unless they can run like stink up the wing.

    Anyway – whatever – he is too old – no thanks.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #39

    He could do a great job with the young un’s and he still has 2-3 more seasons in him, the bloke is a solid CB. For free, get him now!

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  • Bill F

    May 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #40

    broon ale I think you have had enough clues, as a certain other gentleman said it’s elementary Mr Watson.

    As for Sol being to old I reckon we could assemble a whole team of oldies (30+) who could more than compete in the EPL. I aint suggesting we should go down than road but some oldies aren’t a bad thing.

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