Hughton Says No Progress On Newcastle Signing Sol Campbell

News today that Newcastle have indeed held talks with Sol Campbell, but no agreement has been reached – yet.

Sol Campbell – talks held – but no agreement

Chris Hughton, who is a friend of the former Tottenham defender, said the Newcastle club have not stepped up their interest in the former England great, after a weekend of claims about the player actually having already agreed to move to Newcastle.

But then reports in London yesterday were suggesting that Sol is already ready to sing for another yesr at Arsenal, and Hughton has talked with the player.

But as we suggested over the weekend it’s a long shot if  Newcastle were to sign him – he’s just too old.

This is what Chris Hughton said today:

“I think people have picked up on my relationship with Sol and him being available and come up with that one,”“He is a good player but at the moment there’s nothing to say on it. There hasn’t been any progress.”

That’s Chris’ gentlemanly way of addressing the many stories over the weekend about Sol and Newcastle – but in truth they were simply made up.

Comments very welcome.

Written from King’s College, London University.

9 comments so far

  • tjshawsey

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Chris also denied a whole host of other rumours:

    However, Hughton insists there is no substance to any of those reports, telling The Journal: “It’s natural that we get linked with players but none of those names are accurate.

    “Raul would have to take a huge pay cut to come here – I don’t think he’s going to do that!

    “The Benjani rumour is just wrong – he hasn’t been training with us and there is nothing in the Gary Hooper rumour either.

    “I read about Ben Arfa. He is a cracking player and it’s nice to see us linked with him, but there has been absolutely no contact there whatsoever.”

    Hughton has also sought to curb the rumours linking Newcastle with ex-England international Sol Campbell.

    He added: “I think people have picked up on my relationship with Sol and him being available and come up with that one.

    “He is a good player but at the moment there’s nothing to say on it. There hasn’t been any progress.”

  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Rockin out at the Uni eh Ed? National Lampoon eat your heart out!! Ha ha

    On Sol Campbell it’s a tough one granted he is not our preffered age range but the experience that he brings is pehenomenal and if Arsenal are trying to re sign him he can’t be a bad player. I don’t even think he’ll demand massive wages I think he wants to be in the North East for his wife and it is a gamble which is worth taking.

    In a few years he could coach some of our younger kids.

  • DannyboyNUFC

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    So Dan Gosling has finally signed then 🙂

  • Toontastico

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with Milzzy on this absolutely no harm in bringin him in and could only be positive for the club.

  • derekm

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree with most posts on sol – if wenger feels he still has the legs that has to be good enough for us to offer him a deal. To be honest with him having just married the heiress to the Barratts housing empire he really does’nt need that big a contract!
    His vast experience at the top flight of the game can’t be ignored.

  • punk skunk...

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Hey Ed, welcome to the ‘Big Bad City’, have a real kool time y’all…

  • alan shearer

    Jul 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    why dont we try for sulejaimi..instead of hooper..dont tell me west ham is richer n more attractive than nufc???????

  • JSYproject

    Jul 22, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    as long as he stays with his wife and in the north east, it seems inevitible that he will come on board at some point in a coaching role or something similar.

  • JSYproject

    Jul 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    if wiki is to be believed sulejmani has 10 goals in 44 apperances since 2008. dosnt sound like something we need let west ham have him. for 16 millions euros for his last transfer and contracted till 2013 i dont see this as attractive at all


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