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Leon Best to join Derby County on season-long loan

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

Leon Best to join Derby County on season-long loan

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DERBY County has announced that Leon Best is set to join the team on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old Blackburn Rovers striker could start training with his new team-mates today.

Best, born in Nottingham, has scored 59 goals in 251 games in his career.

The Republic of Ireland international started his career at Southampton and has also played for Coventry City and Newcastle United.

He scored five goals in 16 games on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Best joined Blackburn from Newcastle United two years ago in a £3m deal and signed a four-year contract.

He still has two years of his deal to run.

Derby could also be looking for a centre-back, according to Rams head coach Steve McClaren.

Jake Buxton (hip flexor), Zak Whitbread (cracked rib) and Mark O’Brien (ankle) were all unavailable against Rangers.

Craig Forsyth had to switch from left-back in the 2-0 win, although Derby hope Buxton will be fit to face Rotherham United at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

Asked about the injuries to defenders, McClaren said: “That is a wee bit worrying. Fozzy (Forsyth) stepped in and did well but we need to look into that position, definitely.

“We are hoping Jake’s injury is not too serious and he will be back for Saturday. Mark O’Brien turned an ankle in training in Austria and he is going to be a couple of weeks, while Zak took a bang when we played Northampton Town and it turned out to be a cracked rib.”

Derby are also being linked with Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake and Tottenham Hotspur’s Tom Carroll as they consider their midfield options in the absence of the injured George Thorne.

“We are still looking to improve our squad because the success of last season was not just the team but the squad players making an impact when they came on,” said McClaren.

“One or two things will happen over the next couple of weeks.

“There is still a long way to go. Even when the transfer window closes, we still have the loan market.

“We are looking and we have to make sure we get the right players in with the right character to fit into our dressing room.

“A lot of Premier League teams are still playing their young players, so we have got to wait for them to sort out their squads.

“We have to look around the leagues and see if there is anybody who can improve us.”

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