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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 13, 2006

Redknapp hails prospective signing Sol

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring Sol Campbell to Fratton Park because he believes the England centre-back still has 'an awful lot to offer as a player'.

Campbell, 31, has left Arsenal after five years as a Gunner in search of a fresh challenge and he is tempted to continue his career abroad.

Redknapp is yet to speak with Campbell - but he would relish the chance to build his Pompey side around such an experienced defender.

'His type of player would be good here, no doubts about that.

'He's a leader, he's a top centre-half. You only have to look at the Champions League final against Barcelona and he was magnificent,' said Redknapp.

'He still would have an awful lot to offer in the next two, three or four years if he wants to play on.

'It's his decision what he wants to do with his life - whether he wants to play abroad or play in England. I don't know what Sol's plans are, I've not had a chance to speak to him.

'He has just come back from the World Cup, but he's a player I'm sure would be of interest if he wants to play football still.'

Redknapp hopes he will get those same qualities from Tony Adams after appointing the former Arsenal captain as his assistant manager.

Adams struggled during his first foray into management with Wycombe but Redknapp is confident he is the ideal man to replace Kevin Bond, who left Portsmouth for Newcastle.

'Losing Kevin Bond was a big blow but I have always been a big fan of Tony Adams as a player and character. I gave him a ring, had a meeting with him and we got on great. I liked him very much,' Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

'I offered him a chance to get back into football where he belongs as he's got so much to offer and it would be such a waste if he drifts out of football or goes abroad and doesn't come back.

'Hopefully he will go on to be a top coach and a great manager one day.'


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