BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 14:53 GMT, Monday, 1 February 2010

Newcastle sign striker Leon Best from Coventry

Leon Best
Best has scored 10 goals for Coventry this season

Newcastle have completed the deadline-day signing of striker Leon Best from Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract and will go straight into the squad to face Cardiff at St James' Park on Friday.

The Republic of Ireland international has been handed the number 20 shirt.

Best's contract at Coventry was due to expire in the summer and, even though a fee would have been due as he is under 24, the Sky Blues have cashed in now.

"The situation with Leon's contract has been well documented," said chairman Ray Ranson.

606: DEBATE

"When it was apparent that we couldn't agree terms for him to remain at Coventry, we knew we would have to listen to offers and act in the best interests of the club."

He joins the Coca-Cola Championship leaders having spent two-and-a-half years with Coventry following his 2007 switch from Southampton.



Print Sponsor


see also
Geremi completes Newcastle exit
01 Feb 10 |  Newcastle


related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.