Sol Campbell has had his registration released by Notts County and is now free to join another club. Championship sides Newcastle United and West Brom have been credited with strong interest in the former England international and a deal is now possible. Campbell has been training with Arsenal to maintain his fitness levels and while Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of signing Campbell, would other Premier League managers be willing to give him an opportunity?
At 35, Campbell is in the twilight of his career and as such, a move to the Premier League may be more attractive to him as he seeks to end his career at the highest level possible. While a move to either West Brom or Newcastle is likely to resulting in Premier League football next season, Campbell could be tempted by a move to a current top-flight club.
A move for Campbell would be something for a gamble; although there would be no fee involved, his wage demands are likely to be high; he was on a reported £40k a week at Notts County. In addition to that, Campbell showed signs last season that he is losing the pace that made him such a formidable defender at his peak; he retains his power and aerial ability, but could be caught out by attackers with real pace. Despite this, there are a number of clubs in the Premier League that are struggling defensively and Campbell would certainly have something to offer them.
Burnley, Wigan and Hull have all suffered defensively this season and Campbell’s experience could be a valuable asset to any on of them. Burnley are side that lack Premier League experience and show naivety in away games; they could really benefit from Campbell’s steadying influence. Hull are an improving side, but they have not replaced Michael Turner and Campbell could do a good job for them. West Ham have conceded 26 goals in 14 games and are missing James Collins perhaps more than they would have expected to. There are rumours that the club’s financial situation may force them into selling their main assets, one of whom is Matthew Upson. Should this happen, Campbell’s arrival could soften the blow somewhat.
It is difficult to predict quite what Campbell’s next move will be; his move to Notts County proved that he is still capable of surprising the footballing world; but he still has a lot to offer as a footballer and players of his quality are rarely available for nothing so it would be a surprise if no Premier League managers are investigating his availability.