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Leon Best completes £3m switch to Blackburn Rovers

3 July 2012 2,747 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best has signed for Blackburn Rovers in a £3 million transfer from Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old forward found it difficult to break into the Newcastle United team because of injury despite a good start to the 2011-12 season. The signing of Papiss Cisse saw Best consigned to the bench after he returned to fitness, and the 7-time Ireland international footballer would have found himself as a backup had he stayed at St. James’s Park.

Best was a youth at Notts County before moving to Southampton in 2004. He had spells on loan at Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth, and Yeovil before moving to Coventry City, and then Newcastle United in 2010. In two seasons with the Magpies, he scored 10 Premier League goals in 42 appearances, and should regularly find the net for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship after their relegation last season.

Although born in Nottingham, Best’s mother is Irish, and he made his debut under Giovanni Trapattoni in May 2009 against Nigeria. He has won 7 caps in total, but has yet to score for his country.

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