Calm down Geordie’s, it’s not your ‘Best’ striker- just the one called Best!
Republic of Ireland international Leon Best has only played one game in the magpie’s Premiership season, appearing as a late substitute against Wigan, mainly due to sustaining a cruciate injury in pre-season. However, Best has only made five starts since joining from Coventry last January and hasn’t yet netted in the famous black and white shirt.
Now it appears that new boss Alan Pardew sees the 24-year old as surplus to requirements at St. James Park (or should that be St. James Park @ Sports Direct!), but interest is limited.
Sources state that Pardew wants to sell Best. However, most of the interest in Best comes from Championship clubs who are only willing to take the recovering striker on-loan. Burnley and Crystal Palace have both showed an interest in the striker who proved at Coventry that he can have some success at Championship level. Plus, Swansea might also be interested in a loan deal, if the Eidur Gudjohnsen deal falls through
The only club that has shown any interest in bringing Best in permanently is Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest. Davies sees bringing the Nottingham-born striker back home as a key to their promotion push, with Best able to be a focal point for the Forest attack, particularly away from home, why they average less than a goal a game.
The biggest stumbling point in getting a deal done with Forest is Mike Ashley’s want to recoup his outlay on Best. Although the figure they paid Coventry was undisclosed, it is rumoured that they paid £1.5m for Best’s services, a fee that Forest would struggling to afford.