Hughton keeping tabs on Campbell

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Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is not ruling out move for vastly-experienced former England defender Sol Campbell.

The 35-year-old, who is currently based in Northumberland, was heavily linked with the Magpies during the summer before signing a five-year deal with Coca-Cola League Two Notts County, only to leave after just one game.

Hughton said: "It's one that I wouldn't rule out. He's a player who will go somewhere at some stage, and he will get a lot of offers. But we won't rule him out of coming here."

The 73-times-capped player is currently fighting a legal battle with County over his registration after his contract was terminated "by mutual consent".

He hopes that situation will be resolved at a hearing on December 10, and has indicated his interest in resuming his career at St James' Park.

Hughton added: "I don't expect him to go anywhere at the moment, but he will be playing somewhere. I don't expect that to be until after Christmas."

Campbell began his career at Tottenham but controversially crossed the north London divide during the summer of 2001 to join Arsenal.

His five years with the Gunners brought him two Premier League titles and the same number of FA Cup wins before he left on a free transfer for Portsmouth, where he again picked up an FA Cup winner's medal in 2008.

Hughton said: "He has still got a lot to offer the game. He's already been at Notts County, but he only played one game so he hasn't played a lot of football.

"Wherever he goes, it will be on the back of that one game, but he has stated a desire to carry on playing, so it is one that possibly might happen."

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