TRANSFER-LISTED Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best has signed for Championship rivals Derby County on a season-long loan.

Best will remain with last season's beaten play-off finalists until May 31, 2015.

But he will be ineligible to face Rovers when the Rams visit Ewood Park on September 17 and in the reverse fixture between the sides on January 24.

Best, however, has been given permission to play in the Capital One Cup for Steve McClaren's side.

Derby boss McClaren side: "I'm extremely pleased that we have been able to sign Leon Best on loan for the season."

Meanwhile, young Rovers defender Anthony O'Connor has signed for League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle on loan until January 10, 2015.