News tonight that Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Leon Best from Newcastle, for a fee that’s being reported to be over £3M.
Leon Best – scoring against QPR last season
Leon has signed a four year deal at Blackburn, and the personal terms are understood to be very good for the 25 year-old former Southampton and Coventry striker.
Best did quite well at Newcastle, and in a total of 42 appearances he scored 10 goals, and he looked a good striker, who could put the ball in the back of the net.
His best performance for Newcastle was in January of 2010 against West Ham at St. James’ Park, when he hit a hat trick in his starting debut in the Premier League – not too bad.
A statement on the Blackburn website read as follows:
“Blackburn Rovers have this evening completed the signing of Leon Best from Newcastle United. The 25-year-old striker makes the move from the North East to the North West for a fee of more than £3m, signing a four-year deal.”
It’s very unusual for a club to state the size of the fee, but we suppose it’s a message to the Blackburn fans, that they want to put a side together that can go straight back up to the Premier League.
It was a done deal as long as Leon passed his medical, which he seems to have done, and he decided to drop down a division to play at Blackburn, where he will no doubt be hoping to help Blackburn get promoted next season, at the first attempt.
Best will wear the number 9 shirt at Blackburn, and seems to be a direct replacement for Yakubu, who has followed Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka to China, and signed for Guangzhou R&F recently, on a three-year deal.
We wish Leon Best all the very best of luck at Blackburn Rovers.