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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Pompey reach out to keep Campbell
Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell
Campbell takes a well-earned drink
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is ready to abandon his contracts policy to keep defender Sol Campbell at Fratton Park.

Redknapp prefers to offer yearly contracts to players over 30, but will offer Campbell, 33, a deal until 2009.

The Pompey boss is keen to open talks in the summer and said: "Without doubt I would like to keep Sol here longer.

"He's been fantastic and he can keep playing in the Premier League for a few years yet," Redknapp told the Portsmouth News.

Redknapp snapped Campbell up at the start of the season after he ended his five-year stint at Arsenal.

David James will play at least another four years in the Premiership

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

The former England central defender has been a key element of a season which could see Pompey to their highest Premiership finish.

Redknapp said: "I'm sure that Peter Storrie, our chief executive, will sit down and chat with Sol at some point."

The Pompey boss is also making overtures to keep goalkeeper David James at Fratton Park into his forties.

Former England keeper James, 36, has two years left on his current deal, but Redknapp says he can continue in the top flight until he is 41.

James has played every minute of Pompey's Premiership season and Redknapp said: "David James will play at least another four years in the Premiership, no danger.

"We want to keep him because there's nobody as good as him around. He's so fit and agile it's unbelievable."

Pompey are still locked in talks with striker Kanu, whose contract expires in the summer.

The Nigerian is seeking a straight two-year deal, while Pompey want to offer the 30-year-old one year, with the option of a second year based on appearances.

Redknapp said: "We want to keep Kanu because top players are hard to find.

"We're looking at a year with him, and after a certain number of games - I think it's 20-25 - he gets another year."



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