Date: 2nd January 2011 at 12:10pm
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According to the News of the World,Burnley, Crystal Palace and Swansea are interested in taking 24 year old Newcastle striker Leon Best on loan. The paper also suggests, Nottingham Forest could go one better and sign the striker on a permanent deal.

Best started his professional career at Southampton in 2004 after coming through Notts County’s youth system. A spate of loans followed to QPR, Sheffield Wednesday (two spells),Bournemouth and Yeovil.

In July 2007, he joined Coventry City for a fee of £650,000 after a tribunal decision.

The Republic of Ireland international signed for Newcastle United on in February 2010 for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half year contract but he has struggled to make his mark for the Toons and has also suffered with a cruciate ligament injury picked up in pre-season. He faces an uncertain future at St James Park following the dismissal recently of manager, Chris Hughton.

Light training followed in September and he has since made an appearance on the bench but has yet to score for Newcastle.

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