Newcastle Accept £2M Blackburn Bid For Leon Best

News today that Blackburn Rovers have had a £2M bid for Leon Best accepted by Newcastle United.

Leon Best – £2M bid accepted by Newcastle

Newcastle had also agreed a £2M fee with Celtic for the player, but Leon Best seems not to want to move north of the border.

That’s especially true because of  the situation at Rangers being so uncertain, and if they are not part of the Scottish Premier League that could have grave implication in Scotland.

We’re not sure Leon will be too happy to move down a division either, having joined Newcastle from Coventry City in January of 2010, when Newcastle finished up winning the Championship by a full 11 points form West Brom, and of course finished 5th top of the Premier League last season.

Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle early last year, when his 6 goals in just 12 appearances for Newcastle helped Newcastle get through the season, after the club sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M on January 31st of that year, and hadn’t time to bring in a a suitable replacement.

And in Leon’s very first Premier League start for Newcastle he scored a hat-trick when Newcastle demolished West Ham 5-0 at St, James’ Park on 5th January.

It would appear that the expected departure of striker Yakubu to China, to get some big money at the end of his career, is why Blackburn are after a new striker.

And the situation at Blackburn is hardly a good one, with Indian owners Venkys unliked by the fans, and it seems they still have faith in their manager Steve Kean, who’s seems to have done nothing to have justified that faith, with his dismal record at Blackburn.

Steve Kean’s record at Blackburn, where he took over without any previous management experience, is that he’s managed 66 games, won 17, drew 14 and lost 35,  for a win percentage of 25.8 and a loss percentage of 53 – not good.

Basically since Venkys came in and took over the club in late 2010, they almost immediately fired former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, and appointed the then third in command Kean as the new manager, and that set the club on a downward spiral which ended up in relegation in May.

And that was after they had narrowly avoided relegation in the previous season.

We’d be a little surprised if Leon ends up at Blackburn,  since he’s good enough to remain in the Premier League with some other club.  And we feel sorry for the Blackburn fans, who will be going through the pain Newcastle fans were in a short three years ago,  after our first relegation ever from the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice 🙂

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    thanks for the services besty, we sometimes forget the games u won for us last season

    home vs. fullham & qpr

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Two Mils for Besty is not a bad bussiness. He is Good player, but his injurie record is not encouriging, with more games next season he would have struggled. Thank you for your service and hope you stay fit and score great goals next season, good luck. 🙂 This means we will Have De Jong soon!

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    To be fair, he wasn’t getting a game. It’s another player off the wage bill, in preparation of getting new players (hopefully).
    Hopefully we will see some movement inwards soon, we’re going to need a bigger squad this season.

  • Dannyo

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    £2 mill is double the price we paid for him.
    Blackburn is a big club in the Championship this year, it’s not unthinkable that Best will accept the offer imo.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    leon best did not score for NUFC in the championship. he could right the wrongs.

    Please dont tell blackburn that

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Now lets add that 2mil to our offer for De Jong!

  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    He might let this offer ride a bit but if he has to go to balckburn it won’t be a bad move. They need a decent manager though. And there are a few decent ones twiddling their thumbs right now.

  • traceline

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Sounds like a good deal all round:

    Best will carve out a deal that protects him from Venkys stupidity

    Nufc free up a striker slot (do we already have a replacement lined up?)

    Blackburn get a striker that’s proven and their new level.

    Thanks Leon – you did well for us – good luck for the rest of your career.

  • bollance

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Just realised if we put in a low offer for a player and they really want to join us then they will inform their agent who will tell us we could offer lower wages. We then up the offer as we will save on wages so we pay about market value for the player but we get the player on lower wages and know he really wanted to join us.

    We have so far put in low offers for Anita, de Jong and Debuchy. With the theory only the ones who really want to come through the door will sign for us, ie we won’t have to over pay like in the past to persuade players.

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    For some reason i feel sad seeing best go, if he agrees to move to b/burn i wish him the best. He did great for us when AC left and before Ba came in. His major downfall is he keeps getting injured. If he declines to move to rovers, he could partner Ba upfront when we are not playing Cisse and De jong.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Blackburn will give him good wages aswell,

    Just a quick point im sure i read a couple of weeks back that weve got around 25million to spend plus whatever we make on sales.. Hes apparently ready to really back us and push us on with this being a massive season.. Hope so

  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think he figures in the long term plan unfortunately. If he had been able to keep clear of injuries I think he woukd have been a far better player by now with ba and cisse to bounce off. Shame but I wish him well if he stays or goes.

  • RobertNufc25

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Good luck to him.He done a good job when Carroll left.

  • Phatoon

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Watched the season review dvd last night. You (I) forget how many great chances didn’t go in. Also some of the awesome chances Best created and scored.

    Good luck to him. Always liked him (except for that time I was rooting for Saints in the playoffs and he scored the most ridiculous own goal and then missed a penalty!).

  • chris_g

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    What is the source for this Leon Best story? The only article I can find is the one in the Mirror, which is a day old, and they don’t quote a source either!

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    We are Dealing With The Devil Here — We Need Players In Before We Get Shot of Anyone Else. If Dema Ba goes and Also Leon Best as Per Usual all our targets are more money than mike ashley will pay so we could end up right in the mire here. Our Squad is already Weakened with Guthrie and Lovenkrands Leaving !!!!!!!!!

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I feel like Leon has all the attributes to be a very good striker but things just didnt go his way

    He’s a article that’s i came across the Ben Arfa and Nasri has a burst up after the Sweden game. Looks like the French are self destructing again at another tournament

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Lol @ ROSHAN MAGPIE you beat me to it

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Hope its not a bad time


    This is a article done by me, its a bit different have aread guys

    Comments always welcome



    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    ya Ron van dam just by a few minutes

  • StuW

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Well I will be in Portugal for the pre-season tournament, so I will be cheering on the Toon for the first time in 6 years!

  • Mark29Hungary

    Jun 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Good luck Leon!

    He’s not the best striker i’ve ever seen, just in his name… 🙂

    He is a championship striker, the npower league fits in his quality.

    It’s significant, that he will join Blackburn instead of the scottish champion…

  • nufc 11

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    I woudnt have sold him Shola is hardly going to be here for ever Best is young has potential, is on buttons for wages what was the harm having him at the club whats two mill going to get you, no more than Fraser Forster 2mill again how much is it going to cost to replace Krul if we get a big offer for him Forster should have gone on loan again to a PL club get more experience he could come on leaps and bounds yet.

  • Davies

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Honestly, I’d keep Best. He’s got a lot of quality for a back up. I know he’s not getting a lot of game time, and maybe he wants to leave for that reason, so maybe a loan deal for the first half of the season would make sense. Unless we get two strikers in during this window, we’re going to be left with Shola for the ACN. Love Shola, but I wouldn’t pin my hopes on him.

  • Davies

    Jun 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Funny innit, how many say he’s a championship striker, when he never managed to score for us when we were down there, scored s hatrick on his EPL debut and manage a strike rate of one in two last season…..

  • Mark29Hungary

    Jun 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Best is a Championship striker, because he’s well-built and strong but he’s slow and the 90 % of his dribbles are computable.

    He does some great skills for example against QPR before his goal, but only once a season. It’s not enough.

  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jun 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Best a championship striker? Some people on this blog are disallusional

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #30

    I would be sad to see Best leave but 2M is the most we could get out of him I think. He is loyal pro, skillful and would be a good squad player to have. Though if we use that money to get us Luuk de Jong I would be happy.

    If this rumour is indeed true and you are to leave I wish you well and thank you for your service. It’s a shame you always got injured when you were picking form and the times you grazed the post or else you would not have been transfer listed.

    Good luck yo ya mate.


  • Toonfan_Ew Ew

    Jun 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Good luck Besty! I was there when you bagged your hat-trick against the Hammers in Jan ’11 and absolutely loved that you proved the doubters wrong. Shame it’s Blackburn with the state they’re in but he’ll be banging them in in the Championship. All the best.

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jun 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Is there actually any confirmation from the club that a bid has been accepted or is this just another usual made up headline based on speculation???

  • AndyMac

    Jun 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #33

    “We’d be a little surprised if Leon ends up at Blackburn, since he’s good enough to remain in the Premier League with some other club

    Errr sorry Ed but no he isnt !!!


    Jun 22, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Sorry to see Best go actually!

    F.C. Twente keep increasing the price for De Jong ! We hav,nt got him yet and i will be surprised if we do end up getting him?

    The Dutch club is trying to start a bidding war between a number of clubs, apparantly! Heard as much as 22Mil Euro,s being asked! ( According to the Dutch Newspaper, Algemeen Dagblad ) !

    It is the hope that the we have a cunning plan. I get nervous when they start selling before buying!

    If its true and Best has gone then all the Best to him! The name says it all really!

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    I always sell first in FIFA and buy after that 😀 It’s working 😀


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