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Derby County agree Leon Best loan deal

4 August 2014

Derby County have signed striker Leon Best from Sky Bet Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has been in the market for someone to provide competition and cover for last season's top scorer Chris Martin and showed an interest in Lukas Jutkiewicz before he left Middlesbrough to join Barclays Premier League newcomers Burnley.

"I'm extremely pleased that we have been able to sign Leon Best on loan for the season," McClaren told the club's official website.

"He is a player with Premier League and Championship experience, knows how to score goals and he will provide a different option in our attacking armoury.

"We have been keen to add to our frontline during the summer and Leon is someone that we have discussed at length.

"I've spoken to the player and believe he views this loan move as a fresh start, and I can sense he is determined to make the most of the opportunity."

Nottingham-born Best has scored 59 goals in 251 games during a career that began at Southampton and saw him go on to play for Coventry and Newcastle. He left the Magpies to join Blackburn two years ago in a £3million deal, signing a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old scored five goals in 16 games on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Best will not be allowed to play for Derby when they face Rovers in the league on September 17 and January 24.

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