Best On Way To Newcastle – Undergoing Medical


Sky Sports is reporting that Coventry City striker Leon Best will move to Newcastle United today, and late news says terms are agreed and he is undergoing a medical.

Leon Best – on way to Newcastle

It looks like it’s a permanent signing, and reports suggest Best has already arrived at Newcastle United’s training ground in Benton to discuss his move from Coventry City.

The 6’1″ 23 year-old Nottingham-born striker has played 92 times with 19 goals for Coventry.

Leon started his career at Southampton in 2004, and played for Sheffield Wednesday, QPR,  Bournemouth and Yeovil – all on loan, before joining Coventry in 2007 for £650K.

Best has played 4 times for Ireland, making his debut last May against Nigeria.

Leon has made 159 first-class appearances and scored 44 goals, so far in his career.

On 3rd October last year, he was named Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month for September.

Best is out of contract at the end of the season, so it’s to be expected the Newcastle club can make another good deal for a more than decent player.

Middlesbrough expressed an interest in the Ireland international early last month, but Sky Sports is saying Best is now set to join Newcastle.

It is also being reported the striker has agreed terms and a three-and-a-half year contract with the Magpies, and is undergoing a medical on Tyneside.

He has scored 10 goals this season in 29 appearances for the Sky Blues.

This is a surprise move by Newcastle, since Best’s name has never been mentioned as a target in January.

Let’s know what you think about this potential signing, which looks like it will happen.

Comments welcome.



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46 comments so far

  • spiderpig

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    anyones better than shola amadonkey.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    A goal every 5 games…He’ll fit right in.

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  • mozza

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    haha aye boot reet charlietoon

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  • Sydney Toon Army

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Who is this guy? I’ve never heard of him…

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Not sure hes better than what we already got. Shame if hes selected over young Nile Ranger!

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  • Daftus Doofus

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    We do not think Leon Best is a high enough quality player to play for Newcastle. Sorry Leon – but there it is.
    We are worried that Chris Hughton is amassing far too many Championship quality players and giving them 3 and a half year contracts. We think Chris is making a huge mistake and that this mistake will cost the famous Newstle club dearly in the future.

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    we need a prolific striker, he is just another second striker, why dont they re-sign chopra!!!!??

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  • TrinidadToon

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    My cousin is a Coventry fan and reckons hes similar (though obviously not as good) as Emile Heskey. Strong and can hold the ball up and make space for other players- hence his poor scoring record. so long as we have some players / pace in the team to run past him, he could be a good signing.

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  • premier

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Scraping the Best out of the barrel here!!

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  • thasugie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Leon best is EXACTLY like shola.really hope this is loan cuz he is garbage and waste of money.wud rather we signed geremi bak then this lad he is that bad!

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  • Suthey

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Haha Love It….. You already dont think he is good enough for us haha how many minutes he played for us like to get that opinion on him, 15 games this season for a bad coventry team and 9 goals young and english, ehhhhhhh a dont see a problem, GIVE HIM A CHANCE :S……. HAWAY BEST LAD 😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12

    From Moses to Best ,what a joke our club has become !! The only thing best will do is stop Ranger getting a chance.

    Not even a regular for his club in the championship. I am losing all hope with Hughton

    Simpson: Not good enough for premiership
    Routledge : Journeyman
    Williamson: Journeyman
    Van Arnholt: Good, but only here for 5 mins.
    Hall: Journeyman
    Best: Journeyman

    Why are we in for a non prolific goalscorer wehn we’ve aready got Shola, Lowen, Carroll and Ranger ?
    I would much rather have seen Kadar, Ranger, Lua Lua etc than this collection of clapped out nobodies.

    Truly disgusted but sadly what we’ve come to expect. We can’t even pay 2.5M for someone who will be worth 15M in 3 years.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    word has it we are signing him on for about £850k, so not busting the bank on this guy, which is a good thing. Erik Huseklepp to follow him??

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  • AussieToon

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Again im with Suthey.

    His 10 goals in 15 this year will do well for us.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda heights –

    From what I saw on sat I would love to see Van Aarnholt signed up full-time, a-la Simpson, and hopefully his team mate Tim Krul can persuade him to stay up here.

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    hughton has said he will make only one signing today, so NO just leon best

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Suthey

    he plays for ireland !!

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  • thasugie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I have seen him play for ireland pitch side and he is slow,wins every 4th header and his shooting is averge.CH said he wanted out and out player with pace.So wats the catch?

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  • boater

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    SpiderPIG, et. al/

    I can’t believe you are all going on about shola AGAIN. This is after 2 games without scoring… he is the punch bag for the morons.. when you can’t think of anything else – you just have a go at shola (with over 1 in 2 this league) The problem with shola is and always has been his injury record,,,

    Having said that – I am gobsmacked at hughton not going for players who are already tearing this league apart – we have stopped looking like a promotion side for 2 months now – since the smogs,,, ambrose and chopra should be brought in because we KNOW they are doing it in this league- the rest doesn’t matter one jot.

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  • seoultoon

    Feb 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    At least it’s better than getting no one~

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  • thasugie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    PANIC BUY!!!!!!!!!!! or maybe it is like the Nacho signing and we will have first dips on local talent(which we neva got)!!

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  • Daftus Doofus

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    We think that Suthey is indeed some relation to Mr Ashley. We base our opinion of Leon Best not being good enough on his goalscoring overall record which is in fact far inferior to that of Shola Ameobi.
    We think that too many people are now too easily impressed by the total mediocrity that Mike Ashley has imposed on this club and are getting foolishly excited by “nothing” signings.We think that Ashley reluctance to invest wisely during this transfer window will ultimately cost him millions of pounds andhe will only have himself to blame.

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  • Suthey

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Goals to games Ratio

    Best – 159 games 44 goals = 1 goal evey 3.6 games
    Shola – 270 games 58 goals = 1 goal every 4.6 games
    Harewood – 439 games 124 goals = 1 goal every 3.5 games

    I know shola and marlon arnt the best examples but it shows he is a good enough player for us Young, British and capped at Internationl level. He will gfet goals as we do create chances bar saturday that is. I rekon he will do well this season and if he dnt make it to the prem then so be it thats 650k down the pan better than spending stupid money on say martin viduka and michael owen who cudnt cut iof for us eaither, ( i rekon owen did well but always injured so not worth the money)

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    hughton is losing it big time. Buying mediocre crap. Not so bad on loans but to pay for this garbage is ridiculous.

    Why more forwards when we are screaming out for a creative midfield player

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Scott McDonald is a better player and finisher than Best. Boro are meant to be in for him, we should put a cheeky bid in for him.

    110 Goals from 251 games all comps.

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  • Darling27

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    This lad has got pace.

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  • Suthey

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry m8 looks like best has a better goals to games ratio than shola

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #28

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Huseklepp

    I love it how people keep changing peoples wiki pages, it says he has signed for newcastle, which he hasnt

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Sky Sports News is currently running pictures of Best arriving at the Toon’s training ground this morning ahead of the confirmation of his switch from Coventry City.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30

    haha geordielad880, I wish it were true!!

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  • JMC

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Lads,

    Im not being funny but no one is giving Houghton the credit he deserves.
    What do you want, we’re top of the league, signing players on loan and permanently yet the ‘get out of our club’ chant is still sounding loudly across the terraces to Cashley…

    At the end of the day, Houghton has always maintained that the signings he was going to make in January were to secure us promotion from the Championship. Yes there are better players out there for this league maybe, (Moses, Beckford, Kilgallon etc etc) But none of them are proven premiership quality.

    I reckon if we all sit tight, keep our top spot through the end of the season, who knows what will happen in the summer??

    Not forgetting we’ve more than halved our wage bill!! Geremi’s wages will pay for ALL the signings weve made this window! (or thereabouts)

    When we get promotion, were gonna have one of the lowest wage bills in the premier league, then we can start thinking of who we could sell / sign in the summer to keep us there!

    Have faith, im sure you’d all admit, the last few months have provided us with the best feelings about our team since the days of Asprillia’s hat-trick against barca!!??

    Keep supporting what weve got…

    Howay the lads!!!

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32

    not the only one mate, he is an amazing talent, bags of pace, skill, and score goals, can play on the right wing or in attack, we should be signing him and skjbred.

    If we had signed killgallon, beckford, perch, moses, skjbred, huselepp, all these players i think are good enough for the highest level, which makes alot more sense, than getting average players, and then having to sell them again at the end of the season, but knowing newcastle they wont even do that, i cringe thinking about williamson playing in the premiership!!

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Best bit of transfer news today so far:

    QPR have signed Marcus Bent.

    Thank god, thats one waste of space Hughton cant sign!!!

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #34

    I agree GeordieLad, we need to be signing players who can get us up and be in the team when we get up, not players who can get us up and back down again.

    Huseklepp and Skjebred have been linked with us for so long, Skjebred ever gave a ‘come and get me’ plea, but we did not oblige.

    Its okay getting bodies in to fill out the squad but we need some class in there

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctOdnk6pCgs

    the goal on 2:50 shows his finishing ability

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  • Aza9

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #36

    I think a lot of people need to be a bit more realistic on here. Obviously Best is not Hughtons first choice, he can only sign players who are available and who want to come to the Toon. Under a 1mil for Best is a good bit of business considering he has scored more goals than all of our strikers this season in a poor side and will have a good sell-on value if he isn’t up to standard in the PL. Lets be fair and judge this guy on performances in black and white. Instead of praying for signings that will not happen until the summer.

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  • boater

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #37

    in fairness Best has hit been in form this season. Not a marquee signing but someone to replace Harewood. Not too bad., he’s pacey isn’t he?

    can’t believe how the mood has turned to doom and gloom again for most of yees.

    Moses may have had the last word himself we don’t know – as usual it’s very quickly turned into Ashley’s greed,,, we divvent knaaa lynch mob!

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  • Daftus Doofus

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #38

    “What do you want, we’re top of the league, signing players on loan and permanently yet the ‘get out of our club’ chant is still sounding loudly across the terraces to Cashley…”

    I’m sorry but we think that people such as yourself are too easily pleased.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #39

    sure, but its all well and good us teasing ourselves about these players.

    Hughton’s 5 star Tansfer Policy:
    1. Bargain Basement Buys.
    2. Based at clubs below us in league.
    3. Say all the right things about Toon/Fans.
    4. Not worried about being shipped back out when Ca$hley runs short on cash.
    5. Decide your price and stick to it, even if it means loosing out for the sake of a few hundred thousand.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Daftus Doofus

    What we want is to win games where we are playing against teams with 10 men on the pitch, we want to see that there is potential in the team not only to go back up but to stay up too.

    Sure, we are top of the league but the gap is getting narrower week by week, sorry to be a ‘glass half empty’ sort of person but remember how many points above Man U we were in the PL and we blew it, so I, like many fans Im sure, am not feeling all to confident in the current squad.

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