Sol Campbell for Mayor of London? It could happen....
Sol Campbell has said he is in the running to replace Boris Johnson as London's mayor as the applications for Tory candidates closed.
The former England footballer confirmed he was standing despite pulling out of a hustings at the weekend.
The ex-Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender told the Press Association he had "everything done and signed off".
The Conservatives would not confirm how many applications they had received, but MP Zac Goldsmith is the bookmakers' favourite to win the nomination, with other contenders expected to include entrepreneur Ivan Massow, MEP Syed Kamall, current deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and London Assembly member Andrew Boff.
A selection committee made up of a group of Conservative members will sift the applications to form an initial shortlist.
Candidates will be interviewed by the committee who will then vote by secret ballot so the shortlist is whittled down to two or three contenders by the end of the month.
Londoners will then able to vote to choose the Tory candidate in an open primary.
All people on the electoral roll in London will be able to vote, although those who are not members of the Conservative Party will have to pay £1 to register for the online poll.
Mr Johnson overwhelmingly won a primary to be selected as the mayoral candidate in 2007 before defeating Ken Livingstone to take the keys to City Hall in 2008.