Newcastle have told Leon Best he can depart the club this summer for £4 million, taking the club’s transfer kitty this summer to an attractive £42 million, according to the Journal.

Along with Andy Carroll’s £35 million sale, and Kevin Nolan making the move to West Ham for a reported £3 million, Mike Ashley is reportedly wanting to clean out all dead wood and collect as much money as possible to build a side worthy of European football.


Newcastle have undergone some big changes this summer, with Nolan departing and Joey Barton and Alan Smith looking set to exit the club. Best looks to be another departure from the core of the Newcastle squad, in a move that will change the face of the squad as they look to next season.

Newcastle are also reportedly looking to purchase Demba Ba and Turkey forward Mevlut Erdinc, which will shore up the forward line and leave Best without a position.

Fans may be undecided on whether the move is a good idea, particularly with Best coming in for sold Andy Carroll and helping to hold the northern side out of the relegation battle, making the striker at least useful as a replacement when changes hit the squad.

But the Journal is claiming that Newcastle are looking into purchasing yet another striker with gaps still existing in the front line. And with £42 million to spend this summer, Pardew and Ashley certainly have some cash to play with.

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