Ex-England defender swoop planned by Villa
By Villa reporter
Saturday 27 Jun 2009 10:15:00
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Villa are closing in on former England defender Sol Campbell, who is out of contract at Portsmouth.

Martin O’Neill believes Campbell has a good couple of years left in him at the top level – and would appear to have a good chance of landing his man.

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Clubs have not been queueing up to sign Campbell, with offers from abroad coming in at considerably less money a week than the defender has been on at Fratton Park.

Villa needs an experienced centre-back after seeing Martin Laursen, 31, retire through injury.

The Sun reports that Campbell, 34, has been offered a new deal to stay at Portsmouth on reduced wages of around £40,000 a week, but the prospect of playing Europa League football with Villa next season is the big pull.

Villa are closing in on highly-rated Arsenal teenager Samir Carruthers, says The Sun. The winger was captain of the Gunners' Under-16 side.

Villa Academy director Bryan Jones said: ‘He was offered a contract by Arsenal and turned it down. We were given permission by Arsenal to speak to him.

‘We have agreed a contract in principle and hopefully he is going to sign for us on July 1.’

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