Sunderland are emerging as favourites for off contract Arsenal defender Sol Campbell.

The Daily Mail says Celtic's pursuit of Campbell took a new twist when the veteran defender held talks with Sunderland. Sources at the Premiership club confirmed that the former England international had been to see the Black Cats' set-up.

Poised to marry his partner from the North East of England on July 17, 35-year-old Campbell has bought a house in Northumberland and has also spoken with newly-promoted Newcastle.

The latest development will heighten fears amongst Celtic management that the centre-half is using the Parkhead club as leverage for a final pay-day in England.

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