News in the local press today that Leon Best could move to Celtic this summer.
Leon Best – moving on
We have said before that we think the Ireland international will move this summer, as we think a fourth young striker will be singed, and we are hoping it will be 21 year-old old Dutch International Luuk de Jong.
Leon has just one year left on the contract he signed when he came to Newcastle from Coventry City in January of 2010.
Newcastle will not be offering Leon a new deal next summer, so the thinking is probably we far better sell him this summer, and get something for him, rather than to lose him for nothing next summer.
Leon has done well in the last two seasons, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances for the Magpies, but the standards at Newcastle have been raised significantly over the last year, and Newcastle will allow some of their fringe players to move on this summer.
Newcastle have already released Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith and young Tamas Kadar, and now best could be sold.
A source close to Best has told the Evening Chronicle:
“Leon had the chance to go last January, but chose to stay on.” “He’s expecting opportunities to go again this summer, but will wait to see what happens.” “He likes it at Newcastle and wouldn’t have a problem staying on.”
Celtic were after best last January and apparently a fee was even agreed with the Scottish Champions, but Leon wanted to stay on Tyneside, and fight for his place.
But he didn’t play again for Newcastle when he returned from injury with Cicce, Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi being preferred as the strikers up front.
That may be a communication to Leon that his time may be up at Newcastle, but we also think there will be quite a few Premier League clubs after him, since the fee for the Irishman will not be too high, with only one year left on his contract.
The three strikers up front will be fortified by Newcastle buying a new young striker before September 1st, and if Demba Ba moves out, then another striker will be moved in, and probably Dame N’Doye, the 27 year-old Copenhagen and Senegal striker will be Ba’s replacement.
25 year-old Leon Best has played 46 times for Newcastle in total with 10 good goals.