Leon Best set to leave St James’ Park

Leon Best is in talks with Blackburn over a £2 million switch to Ewood Park according to The Sun.

The emergence of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse has left Best in limbo at the Sports Direct Arena and it is thought that more new signings arriving at the club spells the end of Best’s 2 year tenure with the Magpies.

Best impressed last year when Andy Carroll left Tyneside for Liverpool. The former Coventry man was called upon as a replacement and delivered 6 goals in 12 appearances. However, the successes of the Senegalese duo at the spearhead of Newcastle’s team means that the Irishman has slipped way down the pecking order in the North-East.

Rovers, who are expected to lose their star players this summer after the disaster of relegation, are thought to be seeking some experienced players in order to balance their squad which could be primarily made up of youngsters next term. The signing of former Fulham captain Danny Murphy is an astute capture and it is thought that Best would add a proficient, experienced head to the frontline at Ewood Park.

Scottish giants Celtic are also rumoured to be interested in Best but the uncertainty and turmoil north of the border could disinterest the 25-year old, who will be looking for guaranteed first team football.

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