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Newcastle Close In On Average International Striker and Geremi Leaves for Turkey

St James’ Park outfit line up move for pretty average striker for some reason.

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BBC Radio 5 live’s senior football reporter Ian Dennis: “Newcastle have confirmed that they are in discussions with Coventry’s Republic of Ireland international striker Leon Best over a move.”

Newcastle United have confirmed that midfielder Geremi has joined Turkish side Ankaragucu, following lengthy talks to complete the deal.
There had been confusion surrounding the move after the player was presented to supporters of the Turkish club before a deal had been reached.
However, following his involvement with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, the clubs have now reached agreement.
His last appearance for Newcastle came against Scunthorpe in October.
Since coming to Tyneside in July 2007, the Cameroon international has made 54 appearances, scoring three goals. (BBC Sport)

I have to say that whilst its true that Newcastle United could do with some more firepower I do not see the wisdom of signing Coventry City man Leon Best. On the face of it the idea appears to be Chris Hughton looking for Championship level striking ability to help secure a place in the top tier, but what then? Leon Best, no disrespect meant, is not a top tier customer and is not as good as the players already at St James’ Park so surely the Toon Army boss would be better off making a move for a player who could be useful for the team both for this season but also beyond.

As for the departure of Geremi, well that was always on the cards. The veteran midfielder has only been involved in a handful of Championship matches this season and was always likely to be on his way. The Cameroonian had an up and down time during three of the most turbulent years the club has gone through.

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