News today in the Sunday Express that Newcastle have won the race to sign former Arsenal and England center-back Sol Campbell.
Sol Campbell with new bride Fiona Barratt
One problem we have with the report, is that we didn’t even know we were in the race to sign a former England International, who turns 36 in September.
Free agent Campbell is said to have already been offered a two-year deal by Celtic, but of course Sol does live in Northumberland, and was married yesterday, and the news is that he has been persuaded to continue his playing career at Newcastle with Chris Hughton’s side.
We would be very surprised if this deal is true, because Chris could have signed Sol last summer, but his wage demands for such an old player were too high for the Newcastle club.
And we cannot see what’s changed since last summer – other than daft stories keep getting published in the English papers every Sunday. 😀
But it’s true that Sol Campbell got married yesterday.
Campbell, 35, and Fiona Barratt, 29, were married in the small and beautiful Northumberland village of Corbridge – near her grandfather, Sir Lawrence Barratt’s family home.
Among the guests were former football colleagues from Arsenal and England, including Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Andrew Cole and Martin Keown.
So maybe Chris has given Sol a wedding present, by offering him a deal at Newcastle – but we very much doubt that.
But we’ll see of course – maybe one of these rather daft stores in the Sunday papers, may even turn out to be true, one of these days.
Written from Plymouth, England.