Newcastle to sign former England star

PORTSMOUTH defender Sol Campbell is ready to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire by considering a move to crisis-torn Newcastle. (Daily Star)Campbell is ready to walk out on Pompey because of the takeover chaos at the South Coast club.

PORTSMOUTH defender Sol Campbell is ready to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire by considering a move to crisis-torn Newcastle. (Daily Star)

Campbell is ready to walk out on Pompey because of the takeover chaos at the South Coast club.

But that has not stopped him being tempted to move to a club in an even worse situation.

And Campbell and his partner Fiona Barratt, the grand-daughter of a wealthy North East property tycoon, have bought a new home in Northumberland.


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Despite Newcastle's relegation and current problems, a move to St James's Park appeals to the centre-half.

But much will depend on whether the club is sold by Mike Ashley and Alan Shearer is installed as manager, because Campbell wants stability.

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Unless the situation is resolved soon, Campbell will reluctantly cross the Toon off his wish-list.

Campbell said: “I'm out of contract and will listen to different offers.

“There are a few �options. I want to make the right choice.

“Portsmouth have to �organise themselves and there's a lot happening.

“At the moment there it seems a lot of things are happening in the background.

“It may resolve itself, I don't know. But as a �player I want to be in the right environment for at least the next two years. I need the right environment to be successful.”

Aston Villa have sounded him out to replace Martin Laursen, who has retired. Clubs in Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey have also made contact.

Former Arsenal star Campbell, 34, insists he just wants to find a club who are settled behind the scenes.

He said: “You want a good chairman and a great manager - it doesn't matter if he is coming into the game or is vastly experienced. You want stability.

“I'm aware of interest in me and it's nice to know.

“I'm sure people come back from their holidays and have a week or two and start to see what they've got and hopefully deals can start moving.”

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