Sol Campbell to take Pompey pay cut

SOL Campbell will have his wages cut by more than half if he accepts the offer of a new two-year contract from Portsmouth. (The Times)The former England defender has been paid �90,000 a week, but is one of 15 players at the club who are out of contract this month.

SOL Campbell will have his wages cut by more than half if he accepts the offer of a new two-year contract from Portsmouth. (The Times)

The former England defender has been paid �90,000 a week, but is one of 15 players at the club who are out of contract this month. The proposed deal is worth about �40,000 a week including appearance-related payments.

Campbell has played 95 league matches for Portsmouth since moving to Fratton Park from Arsenal three years ago and he captained the club to their FA Cup triumph in 2008.

The centre half, who began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and who has made two lucrative Bosman moves, has also attracted interest from Basle and Fenerbah�e.


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Campbell is reluctant to commit to his future to the south coast club until the uncertainty over the proposed takeover by Sulaiman al-Fahim is cleared up.

The latter has begun due diligence inspection of the books and the business, but Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai Prime Minister, has denied rumours that he is involved.

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Peter Storrie, the club's executive chairman, plans talks with Campbell this month.

Hermann Hreidarsson, the left back who has covered in central defence, is also out of contract and the club have accepted an �18.5 million offer from Liverpool for England right back Glen Johnson.

England forward Peter Crouch has expressed his dissatisfaction with the uncertain situation at the club, just a year after moving for �11 million from Liverpool. Storrie is said to be unhappy with the 6ft 7in striker's comments.

Of the other players out of contract, Sean Davis, the midfield player, is expected to move to Bolton Wanderers, and Lauren, Djimi Traor� and Glen Little have all been released.

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