Blackburn close on Best

Newcastle striker having medical and he could replace Yakubu

Leon Best: Newcastle striker is undergoing a medical at Blackburn ahead of a move to Ewood Park

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Sky Sports sources understand Newcastle United striker Leon Best is undergoing a medical at Blackburn Rovers ahead of a prospective move to Ewood Park.

Best joined the Magpies from Coventry City during the January transfer window in 2010 and he has scored 10 goals in 46 appearances for the club.

However, he missed the closing three months of last season due to a knee injury which also scuppered his prospects of making the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012.

With Papiss Cisse having impressed on Tyneside since his January arrival, Best's chances of regular first-team football at Newcastle next term looked slim.

Manager Alan Pardew has now allowed the 25-year-old to discuss a transfer and he is closing in on a switch to relegated Blackburn.

If Best completes a move to Ewood Park, he will help to fill the void created by Yakubu's departure to China last week.