We are waiting for the announcement from Newcastle that Sol Campbell has joined the club, after only yesterday returning from his honeymoon.
Sol Campbell – first team football a big draw
It seems that the promise of first team football, and the fact his wife Fiona Barratt is a Newcastle fans were two big factors in Newcastle’s favor over other suitors such as Celtic, Arsenal and Sunderland.
The Journal is reporting the 35 year-old was having a medical at the club last night, so if all is OK with that, we expect an announcement any time this morning.
While we though the contract would be a two year deal it’s for 12 months, and of course if Sol does well next season, there’s no reason why an extension to that, cannot quickly be negotiated.
Campbell is no longer a world-class player, but with his savvy and experience he will be a dominant central figure in Newcastle’s defense next season – and we need players of Sol’s vast experience for our re-entry to the PL – that’s for sure.
His performances for Arsenal earlier this year were eye opening, and he looked very good and comfortable at the highest level for Arsenal in their European Champions League campaign.
Indeed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was disappointed that he has chosen Newcastle over the top London side.
There were reports in London early last week that he would again sign for Arsenal, but the reports on the day after his wedding – that he was ready to sign for Newcastle when he returned from his honeymoon, proved accurate, even though we didn’t believe them. 😀
Kevin Nolan has still not been named captain and there are rumors that Sol may have been offered the captaincy to further entice him to Newcastle, but the Newcastle Journal is saying that is not true.
Well we should know all fairly shortly.