Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best.
The 28-year-old Premier League-proven striker has joined Chris Hughton’s resurgent side after his Derby County loan was cut short earlier this month.
The move will see Best reunited with Hughton, whom he worked under at Newcastle United, and the former Southampton forward will hope the manager’s familiarity with his abilities will reignite his form – Best failed to score in 15 appearances for Derby.
“I know Leon very well, having signed him during my time at Newcastle,” Hughton said to BBC Sport.
“He is a strong, physical presence, he knows the Championship and knows the position we are in.”
Best’s most impressive form came at Newcastle, where he scored 19 goals, many coming when he partnered Demba Ba – and Hughton says he understands how to use get the best out of the forward once again.
“I know he can be a very good player and he did very well for me both in the Championship and Premier League,” Hughton said.
“His time at Derby didn’t work as well as it might have done. But you look at the form of their team, and in particular Chris Martin’s goals, and you can see why opportunities were limited.
“He gives us another attacking option and I hope he can produce the same form he did for me when we worked together at Newcastle.”
Best is available to play for Brighton against Ipswich Town on Wednesday, and the Seagulls will be hoping the forward can aid them in their fight to escape the clutches of the relegation zone entirely.
Brighton have improved since Hughton’s arrival and have climbed out of the relegation places but remain just three points above 22nd placed Millwall.