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*Pompey Sign Sol Campbell*

After weeks of trying Pompey have finally landed a "big name" we`ve all been looking for as Harry Redknapp completed the signing of one of his biggest transfer targets Sol Campbell.

Redknapp has continuously singled out Campbell as a player he would very much like to bring to Pompey and although many doubted it would happen and with Campbell himself expressing a desire to play abroad 'arry has pulled of the free transfer signing of the England International. I`m sure Tony Adams had a big hand in persuading Sol to sign as well.

Campbell who will be 32 next month has signed a two-year contract and trained with the club today.

He may not be the big name player that everyone here at Vital Pompey wanted but his experience, quality and presence alone should be of huge benefit to the club and our youngsters. Hopefully he can have as big an impact on the club as the likes of past "veteran" signings Paul Merson and Teddy Sheringham did.

One thing that is certain is Pompey will continue to see more "Sol" this season after all… starting with a possible debut against former European Champions Porto in a friendly at Fratton on Thursday evening?




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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 8 2006

Time: 8:03PM

Your Comments

GET IN THERE!!!!!
pompeyrug
Now on to the next transfer target.
nelson
i think it is great news, there havent been too many great team that didnt start with a well organised defence. hopefully this will encourage more to follow.
russellm
Happy days! Good work Arry/the team, and good on Sol for not being scared off by our current stadium/training facilities.
Tantona
Fantastic stuff. All things being well, will wake a few others players up who thought we wern't good enough for them. Well done Pompey, go get a few more.
storagematt
Who's up next they 'arry Defoe??????????
Linvoy#1
Defoe would be great wouldn't he. Let's offer Spurs £15m & 'ave him. Here's hoping JD is still *****ed off with Jol over the lack of games=no England games.
storagematt
Welcome to the revolution SOL !!!!!!! What a fantastic coup for our great club ! Now let's hope others will follow. I have genuine optimism for this season. So much so,i've very nearly forgiven Harry for his brief mental breakdown !! lol
lincspfcfan
Sol for captain ???
StuartM
why not! anyone else thing thierry henry might have influenced sol, or that sol would have liked the way fans appreciate good preformances. good signing, stef out!
pompey pessimist
I have said befor steff is looking less like the man each season and Sol for captain? i've asked the same question before and think he will be within a few games, seen him a few times whilst visiting with the prawn sandwich brigade at the arse and for me he would be the right man and CB is probably the best position to captain from. dont think a TH had anything to do with it more like a TA.
russellm
Our club now has more SOL than ever. If we can catch big fish like this then our net is likely to widen to attract others. We don't want any sharks though, but it's OK if they play for WHALES.
pompeygray
bo-dom-tcshh
pompey pessimist
'arry has this habbit of attracing the big players to Fratton doesn't he's got at least one every season he's been with us really hasn't he. I think Sol will be an awesome capture and should another CD arrive, which I'd suggest will still happen he'll take the captain's armband as Dejan will be out the team I think? Everyone around the world of football knows Sol Campbell so for at least one brief moment when people read or spoke about him they all knew Portsmouth Football Club, bring on the rest, Sol is just the start...I hope...
pompeyrug
A good signing if his mind is concentrated and he is somewhere near his best. IMHO, In tandem with Adams, this could be the lynchpin to help us to mid table mediocrity. Pompey under h.r. have always been an attacking side with no idea how to defend. Lets hope that we carry on playing the flowing 'pass & move' stuff that we've been used to, but with a tight defence.
FEn_100
If only Adamscoul come out of reitirement to play alongside Sol...
pompeyrug
That should have read "If only Adams could come out of reitirement to play alongside Sol..." my keyboard has just about had it...
pompeyrug
Ask les for a sub rug, and get yourself a decent keyboard. Then download some free spellcheck software !! (smiley pokey out tongue emoticon thingy) JESTING MOOSH !!
FEn_100
Think I'll need to FEn, keyboard is proper... broken! Third time lucky "If only Adams could come out of RETIREMENT to play alongside Sol..."
pompeyrug
pompeyrug, get's there in the end, FEn_100's comment about attacking football has it for me, as some great manager said (i forget which one) you dont conceed, you dont lose, lads ave the confidence, great football follows and so do the goals and wins........mid table obscurity sounds lovely, but wouldnt uefa be better (that was me the great dreamer not the great manager)
russellm
Focus now must surely be on a STRIKER, not that we haven't been trying to get one. I don't want to see Todorov and Benjani up front in the opening game, it will just be another case of missed chances.
pompeygray
Seen quotes by Arsene Wenger that Sol had been released to go overseas and he asked if somebody had sold Portsmouth to another country. Does he not know that Portsmouth is an Island and you have to cross the sea to get to it?
Steve C
Bring back Lewis Buxton!
The Rabbi
I agree that we need to sort out a striker. Ignoring my pleas for the return of Steve Claridge why don't we take a chance with someone like Aruna Kone, PSV Eindhoven's Ivorian striker, or Klaas-jan Huntelaar, who scored 35 goals for Ajax and Heerenveen last season? Also if we have a scout down in Argentina looking at players like Vargas, then take a look at Daniel Montenegro of River Plate or Horacio Palacio of Boca Juniors who are both great young players. I could go on but I won't. where's jeff hemmerman these days?
The Rabbi
Daniel Montenegro is gonna be a star Rabbi, saw him on the box last season. hemmermans in the pub with youngsters alan biely and billy gilbert. Pompeygray, we do need another striker but i suspect you might be wrong about what we've currently got. Whilst Toddy looked unsettled at OUFC, the club say Benjani has had the operation that none of new he needed and to me pre season he has looked confident , sharpish, some nice touch goals & nothing like the nervous religous hermit of last year. Benjani and toddy will start against Porto, and it will almost be as interesting as watching the defence.
russellm
benjani is the man! however, toddy is a sub. come on in the 60th min or so and shake up defences like he did so well last season. the fact is we need a striking partner for benjani... god knows weve tried to get some talent up there, surely theres a striker out there who knows he can be a great hit for our club and get straight into the first team!? since we havnt spent any of our transfer budget (about £40mil) then can we blow it all on thierry henry???? haha.
pompey pessimist
Harry will get a striker by deadline day - there are a reasonable number of good ones out there for 6-8 million quid - hey he hasn't actually spent any money on transfer fees yet (only high wages) - so it must be burning a big hole in his pocket !
StuartM
Defoe is now without doubt the signing we need, no disrespect to benji & Toddy but JD dosn't miss chances!!!!! come on Harry splash out some more!!!
CharlieChimes
haha i was gonna say its good ol' 'arry back again in the "cheap" market, lol. i was thinking about strikers, what does everyone think about glen johnson?? hes scored some crackers so far! lol
pompey pessimist
And think about Sol Campbell's goal against Pompey 18 months ago ! At least we have goalscorers in defence and midfield !
StuartM
Cant see Defoe coming, wish i was wrong though. Martins wants European football so Muntari might be worth a punt, or another shot at Fan Fan but only to upset that big fat twit Koeman
russellm
hey! twit wasnt the word i typed i typed twit you twit
russellm
NO! i typed t#*t that ryhmes with rat
russellm
I dont think we really need a "20 a season" striker. I think are scoring midfiled will only get better this season, & i also have alot of faith in Benji at least setting alot of goals up, he was actually fantastic last season when it came to playing people in wether it be a header or tap in. I just want to see a little more depth up front incase of injuries!...still I like that Henry fella!
CharlieChimes
haha! unfortunately i disagree with you charliechimes, i think its our no1 priority before the season kicks off, what do we do if benji gets a long-term injury early in the season???
pompey pessimist
the pessimist has it, with our poor quality training & treatment facilities, once we are into the season, the injuries will come.
russellm
This is why we need more depth up front! id say we need at least 4 strikers, but im stilll confident we can get a good amount of goals from midfield! any news on the peruvian signing yet??
CharlieChimes
apparently it's the process of work permit paperwork and families, well that's according torumour swap centre at the pompey shop .
russellm
just arranging a work permit as russellm says :) he should be signing v soon.
pompey pessimist
Thanks guys!!
CharlieChimes
ha ha getting happy over some1 who couldnt perform last season and has mental issues ha ha
carrickisours
as an arsenal fan i was sad to see big sol leave but i think that your club deserves him, i have alway had a soft sopt for pompy. i hope that you have all the luck with sol and hope that he gives you a good season, but i think that his style of play will suit yours and this was the best move that he could have made
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