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Sheffield Wednesday sign Leon Best

14 February 2014

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Leon Best from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers on an emergency loan deal.

The striker will stay with Wednesday for 28 days.

Hillsborough is familiar territory for Best, who has enjoyed two previous loan spells with the Owls.

He initially moved to S6 from Southampton in August 2005 and made two appearances, scoring once, before injury cut short the temporary switch.

Best returned for a second loan stint later the same season and made a further three starts, scoring one more goal.

He also posted loans with QPR, Bournemouth and Yeovil Town before joining Coventry City on a permanent basis from Saints for a reported figure of £650,000.

Best’s promising pedigree with the Sky Blues led to a move to Newcastle United, which preceded a £3m switch to Blackburn in July 2012.

He has made 151 league starts in total, scoring exactly 50 goals.

The 27-year-old also has seven caps under the belt for Republic of Ireland.

He will wear shirt number 42 whilst with Wednesday and is eligible to play in the Owls’ FA Cup fifth round tie against Charlton Athletic at Hillsborough on Saturday.

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