Newcastle Ready To Unload Leon Best – And Others

News in the Daily Mail this morning  that Newcastle will let Leon Best go in the January transfer market, and that’s not too surprising.

Leon Best – ready to move on

Since Leon was signed by Chris Hughton, Alan does not have to hold onto the player, whereas if Chris was still manager he would want to give Leon more time to show he was not a waste of money.

But it seems Best is now down the pecking order at Newcastle, with Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, and of course Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi all above him.

5th striker at Newcastle is not a good position to be in – so this news is not too surprising, and will allow Alan to recuperate some, if not all, of the money spent on the former Coventry striker.

We’re not sure how much Newcastle spent on the striker who was signed on the last day of last January’s transfer window, probably around £1M, and there will be no shortage of interested clubs, which will help Newcastle recuperate at least most of their money.

There will be quite a number of Championship clubs interested in taking the 24 year-old striker, and while he could easily be moved out on loan, the news today is that Pardew wants to sell the striker,  to make way for other players to come into the Newcastle squad .

We also have to think some other fringe players will be moved out in January,  with James Perch being one who has to be concerned about his future at the club.

Leon Best has appeared 13 times for Newcastle with no goals, and James Perch has played 9 times, but it seems he was only keeping the right back spot, until Danny Simpson returned from his ankle injury.

And while Ryan Taylor is out injured at the moment, he could well want out in the summer, simply because he wants to play more football than he’s getting on Tyneside, and we have to respect that if that’s what happens with the Liverpudlian.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    5th in the pecking order and he never really got the chance to play.. time to move on best and good luck in your next club. no hard feelings from the geordies

  • nufclewizc

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    would keep best till the summer to give him a chance because he was unlucky last season and could easily have scored 3 or 4 and he may be better in the premiership with more time on the ball

  • G

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh, are we believing the Daily Mail now? I still think Best could have done a job for us. Last season he did everything right, apart from score. I hope if there is any truth to this that he gets a chance at his next club, and not vilified before he has even kicked a ball in anger.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    I would hardly describe it as news. No quotes…not even an insider. It really is one guys though placed straight onto a page and backed by a newpaper. Pathetic really.

    I could start a blog and write an article the Alan Smith is not good enough and will soon be gone, well be in trouble in a year or two whens joeys and collos contracts come up and they are on massive wages, and finally that we all need to get used to people going after Andy….

    Funny thing is if I did there would probably be a story up here 2 hours later reporting it as news…. go figure

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    we all knew this was coming, but now the question is who will we bring in if we sell Perch, Best, Guthrie, Smith etc.. We definitely should at least try and sign Martins from Rubin Kazan and maybe even free transfers but who?

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    So if Best is 5th, does that mean Xsico is 6th in line, so why isn’t there any mention of him getting moved on???

  • Thump

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d love to see Best being given a chance because as has been said, the only thing he didn’t do was score. Xisco has had some good flashes of what he can do but isn’t in contention for whatever reason (especially since his red card).

    By all means, sell Perch.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    we all knew this was coming, but now the question is who will we bring in if we sell Perch, Best, Guthrie, Smith etc.. We definitely should at least try and sign Martins from Rubin Kazan and maybe even free transfers but who?
    >>>>We definitely SHOULD NOT try and buy Martins, he was useless. His first touch was a tackle and he never played for the team, he was one of the reasons we were relegated. Get real and move on.

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    TonyGreen couldn’t agree more….

  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Hmm i’ve seen Best as raw potential.
    Pace and power and good in the air. Did some flashes last season, thunderous shot opff the bar vs plymouth comes to mind.

    I would like to see him next to Carrol in the prem for a few games as im sure he will work better with him than shola.

    But if we get an offer for him, sell up.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    we’re stuck with xisco because he wont take a drop in wages to go anywhere else.
    £50k a week. And he’s not even interested in playing football.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Unlike his name Best isn’t the best & should be off loaded in January along with Perch. Guthrie, and R Taylor (when fit) should also be sold. Smith now his legs have gone should step down a level. With these gone raisong around £5 along with £10m from fat tw*t we could bring in 3 or 4 really good players and who knows maybe even have an outside chance of Europe next year

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I wish you people would STOP dreaming about europe next season. The one and only target this season is prem survival, and as high up the league as possible.
    Have a look at the table, its going to be really close between any of 10 or so teams.

  • Stuart

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Lew Davies,

    I agree that we shouldnt be thinking about europe next season, but with the right additions to the squad in January and the summer I reckon we could be in a good position to push for qualification next season.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Yp, time to upgrade the bench. Too much of a drop in talent with nearly all positions if a starter is crocked or suspended.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16

    why do some people want martins back :s he was awful only thing he had was he was quick and had a good powerful left foot, but yet he couldnt finish he did the same mistakes in every single game his touch was awful and his wages wer sky high also he bottles it when the going gets tough not remember when he refused to play at watford when it was cold saying he had a bad knee and also he’s done begger all since he left us cos he’s crap

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    the way the league is shaping out though lads with a couple of wins we could be right up ther in 5th place, its been a weird season and all it takes is one team to hav a little bit of a good run winning a couple of games, this could be our xmas afterall nice 10 points? all i want is to stay in this league this season and build next year but we need to look at the table and the facts that this has been a crazy season and anything is possible everyone is beating anyone we could really finish anywher between 5th and 20th if we string a few wins together..

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    GeordieToon89, Hope they mean another Martins and not the Mercenary Oba.

  • petey

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Dont know if im a little slow to catch on here but sky sports reckon we will sell barton for 1.5 m,19528,11677_6605977,00.html

    What a joke, selling barton would be like letting go of Nolan or Carroll at this time, especially for as little as 1.5 million!!!!!!

    Yes he has his problems, but we can not do without a major player this season

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    fu*kin pathetic mate a actually want to strangle the life out of the fat pr*ck hes been our best player this season and for £1.5million is ridiculous FFs am sick of this owner

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    We’ll need Best to help us in next season’s promotion struggle once Carroll, Ranger, Ben Arfa & Barton have been sold. I’d earmark that no 9 shirt for the lad.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Weekly (pretend) manager’s meeting..

    Puppet Pardew: “But, your eminence, Joey Barton is our best midfielder, Mr Ashley, Sir, probably the best English midfielder on current form; an outstanding talent…!”

    Ashley: “Did someone say something…? Will someone get this snivelling wretch out of my room? Who let him on…?”

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Find this a little more worrying:,26691,16497_6602250,00.html

    Can’t be any truth in it. Naaa.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I be happy if Alan Pardew remove:

    Leon Best (wasnt Premier League quality…sorry dude)

    Perch (ccc quality, during the 9 match he played, he is our weakest link)

    Xisco (Sorry dude, his wages is so high for a player like him)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont mind players being moved on if they are replaced, that is the key for me.

    With that in mind we should try and get the following shipped out:

    > Best
    > Xisco
    > Smith
    > Raylor
    > Perch
    > Jonas (at the right price)
    > Routledge (at the right price)

    We should look to bring in:

    > Ben Arfa – Perm Deal.
    > David Bentley
    > Jermaine Pennant
    > Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    > RB Cover (if Saylor Leaves)

  • petey

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Carroll has the benefit of the fans being behind him so Ashley will be to scared to sell him (i hope)

    Barton , although most of us will agree should not be sold, hasnt got the same kind of support. He isnt a local lad etc….so i reckon Ashley just wants some Euros to spend on holiday. 1.5m will sort him out with a nice villa in Spain.

    And brutoon i agree, cant really think of anyone else to sell. Xisco has to go, just because of wages, nothing else.

    Unfortunately, unless we sign another RB, i see us needing Perch as cover for Simpson, i dont think we have another RB. R. Taylor is out injured

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #27

    We should also look at Wheater and O’Neill from Smoggies.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #28

    If Barton goes, Andy will not be half as effective. Barton is the only one who can satisfy Andy’s hunger.

  • carlton nufc

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    if were looking at bringing in players for me it would be jarvis/bently charlie adam/s ireland
    macheda on loan try for hernandez on loan or if we have a bit of money o spen i would buy gerviniho from lilie ivory coast forward and im sure tiote can help us bring him andoh yh and ben arfa permenatly

  • petey

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Eden Hazard if we are talking young players with superb talent. Would be a class signing.

    Agree with Carlton nufc on Gervinho but somehow i dont think Pardrew would sign a player like him…..

    Bentley im not so sure about, he is very hit and miss, and we can not afford another miss.


    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31


    – Leon Best
    – James Perch
    – Danny Guthrie
    – Peter Lovenkrands
    – Xisco
    – Alan Smith


    – HBA (perm)
    – Niko Krancjar
    – Jamie O’Hara
    – Tuncay
    – Gary O’neil

    Pretty confident in young Nile Ranger to start showing his class soon and form a solid partnership with wor’ andy!, giving the service is right!!

  • balubas1

    Dec 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Tuncay…. don’t wan’t boro filth… 😛

  • branunited

    Dec 21, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #33

    do they sell best and Xisco, there would be no problem for me, especially Xisco has a high salary and not play, it is true that participation has never given. as far as I am concerned the move would be the following:

    leon best.
    Shola Ameobi (and we did what we had to give, it’s time to try your luck on another team).
    alan smith.

    Ola Toivonen (24 years old, 5 million)
    david nugent or Hugo Almeida (be a free agent in 2011, his firm can be more expensive)
    Adam Johnson (loan)
    Maarten Martens (26 years 5.5 million euros) or Miralem Sulejmani (22 years old, 4.5 million euros) or Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    ENYONG ENOH (3.2 million euros, and his play is similar to that of Tiote, has 24 years of old shoot it into account)


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