Best close to Magpies deal

Sky Blues agrees three-and-a-half year contract at St James' Park

Best: Set to join Newcastle

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Skysports.com understands Coventry City striker Leon Best will secure a move to Newcastle United before the close of the transfer window.

Best is out of contract at the Ricoh Arena at the end of the season and Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman does not expect the 23-year-old to sign a new deal.

Middlesbrough expressed an interest in the Republic of Ireland international earlier in the transfer window, but Best is now set to join North East rivals Newcastle.

It is understood the forward has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Magpies and is currently undergoing a medical on Tyneside.

His impending move to Newcastle will bring an end to a two-and-a-half year stay at Coventry during which time he has scored 22 goals in 102 appearances.

He has notched 10 times for the Sky Blues this season and he will help to end Magpies manager Chris Hughton's search for attacking reinforcements.

Hughton failed to tempt Leeds United into selling Jermaine Beckford, while a loan return for Marlon Harewood was scuppered when the Aston Villa front man picked up an injury.