Free agent Campbell set to spark Christmas rush

SOL CAMPBELL is set to spark a Christmas transfer scramble after finally settling his contract dispute with Notts County last night.<br /><br />The 35-year-old had been prevented from joining another club after leaving County less than a month into a five-year deal back in September.<br /><br />But players&rsquo; union chief Gordon Taylor has confirmed the League Two club have now agreed to release Campbell&rsquo;s registration, allowing him to pursue his career.<br /><br />Campbell, capped 73 times by England, has already spoken of his desire to join Championship leaders Newcastle, but still harbours ambitions of playing in the top-flight and would ideally like to recoup much of his &pound;40,000-a-week wages he was earning at County.<br /><br />Both the Premier League and Football League confirmed last night that Campbell is eligible to sign immediately but is unlikely to be able to play until the new year.<br /><br />&ldquo;Sol Campbell is now a free agent,&rdquo; Taylor said last night. &ldquo;His contract dispute has been resolved and he is free to pursue football in the January transfer window. He can sign for any club he wants now.&rdquo;<br /><br />Campbell became a token signing for County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson but soon became disillusioned with life at Meadow Lane, playing just one match before leaving the club by &ldquo;mutual consent&rdquo;.