Celtic are still very interested in Newcastle’s 4th striker Leon Best.
Leon Best – when playing for Ireland
It was only in January that Leon could have moved to the Glasgow club, but he rejected a move at that time, hoping to get some playing time for Newcastle.
But Leon couldn’t get back into the side in the run-in to the season, after recovering from injury and the writing is probably on the wall for him, that he will be leaving Newcastle this summer.
Leon Best has only one year left on his contract, and the Magpies could move him on for just £2M.
Celtic and Newcastle agreed a price for the player near the end of the transfer window in January, but Leon refused the move for what were quoted as family reasons.
His son Milan was just less than three months old at the time, and it was obviously not a good time to disrupt the family, and Celtic would provide Best with regular first team football and European Champions league every season.
A source close to Best told the Daily Record:
“Leon had the chance to go last January but chose to stay on.” “He expects 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.”
Leon is a very decent player and scored 10 goals for Newcastle in 36 appearances, since he was signed from Coventry for a reported figure of around £1M in January of 2010, and Leon filled in very well last year, when Andy Carroll surprisingly left the club for £35M.
At that time Leon hit six goals in only 12 appearances, and his goals ensured Newcastle didn’t miss Andy too much until reinforcements like Demba Ba were signed in the summer, and Papiss Cisse last January.
But Leon should have interest from some Premier League clubs, and he will probably wait a while, to see if any interest materializes in England.
But we do expect Leon to move on, but Best did the job he was brought in to do at Newcastle.