I think Hughton is yanking my chain because back on 31st October I wrote an article suggesting that Campbell was one of his transfer targets but then on the 3rd November I had to write an article saying he wasn’t after Hughton said:
“There is no truth in this whatsoever. The first I heard about it was when it was on the television in the morning. We are looking elsewhere and it is an ongoing thing. Sol is an excellent player but there is nothing happening regarding him coming to Newcastle.”
However, it now seems Sol Campbell is a transfer target for Hughton after all. Hughton said yesterday:
“Sol is one signing that might possibly happen here.
“He’s still got a lot to offer the game and, although he’ll get a lot of offers, I wouldn’t rule him coming to Newcastle out.”
“I wouldn’t expect Sol to be fit enough to play again until after Christmas.”
Apparently Campbell’s fiancée is from the North East, which is one reason why he nearly signed for Newcastle in the summer before being tempted to Notts County by Sven (and presumably a lot of money). The Notts County stint ended after just one game though and Campbell is now struggling to regain his registration as it is being withheld by Notts County in protest at his walk out. The whole thing is due to be settled at a Football League disciplinary commission on 10th December.
“I would be very interested in a move to Newcastle.
“Newcastle are a very big club and could well be heading back to the Premier League. I’ve been approached by a few clubs, Newcastle are one of them, and I have reasons for wanting to go there.
“I’m happy big time the Football League will hold the commission.
“All I want to do is play again – sooner rather than later.”
I suspect a loan deal from January to the end of the season could be mutually beneficial if we still look like promotion candidates: Campbell gets to join a team with a good chance of returning to the Premier League and we get a player who can help shore up a squad with too few defenders. We need to get him on a relatively low wage, although I can’t imagine Ashley would allow it anyway if Campbell’s wage demands were too high.