Newcastle United are ready to send Leon Best out on loan.
Leon Best – out on loan?
And there will likely be a number of Championship clubs interested in taking the player, with Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan recently saying he was interested in the former Coventry striker.
Leeds United are another club thought to be interested, and since Leon returned from his ankle injury, he wasn’t even on the bench yesterday at Goodison Park, and is unlikely to get much playing time at the Tyneside club.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton knows is well aware that Leon needs to play – somewhere – and he told the Sunday Sun today:
“Leon is back in training with us now. Yes, we would consider a loan for Leon if it was right,”
“First and foremost he’s got to get fit. Once he’s back fit he needs games and if he wasn’t getting the amount of games at Newcastle we have to look at it.”
Leon is behind Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ben Arfa and even Nile Ranger as a striker at the club, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Leon permanently leaves the club either in January or next summer.
The Irish International has appeared 13 times for the Magpies, and signed a contract through the summer of 2013 last January, when he was signed from Coventry on the last day of the transfer deadline.