It will be most unlikely if Newcastle are interested in 35-year-old Sol Campbell, who is available on a free transfer from Arsenal at the end of the month.
Sol Campbell – no interest form Newcastle
Newcastle were linked very closely with the former England International last summer, with the player saying he would love to sign for Newcastle.
But his wage demands were just too high, and he eventually went for the money and signed on at Notts County for £5M a year with Sven Eriksson, but played only one game for them before getting out.
Sol eventually ended up with Arsene Wenger again at Arsenal and started 14 games this year for the Gunners.
But we don’t see what’s changed in one year with the Campbell situation at Newcastle, other than Sol is now one year older.
Better to bring in some younger players who can improve, and be available to the Newcastle in the longer term.
Newcastle have signed players in the past, when they were way past their best, and paid ridiculous wages that were never earned, and the club will not do that these days, when money is very tight.
Sol has links with the Newcastle area because he is engaged to Fiona Baratt – grand-daughter of the Newcastle property tycoon Sir Laurie Barratt – and it would be convenient for him to play for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton is after younger players, and the news yesterday that Newcastle were interested in the 35 year-old was hard to believe.
After all – it was a Sunday.