Muto set to make move to Newcastle

Tyler Owen
July 30, 2018

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto is set to join Newcastle United from Mainz after the clubs struck a deal and the player agreed terms and had a medical, the Premier League team said on Friday.

"We did this business with Muto because we needed to do something more".

Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to complete a deal for striker Salomon Rondon this summer.

Muto, 26, scored eight goals for the Bundesliga club last season as they avoided relegation by five points.

Newcastle finished 10th in the Premier League last season.

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"We have had good and constructive discussions with Newcastle United and we have come to an agreement in principle", Sky Sports quoted Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroder as saying. "He has done well in the Bundesliga, so we're talking about a striker that's doing well in the last few years at worldwide level".

Newcastle stated: "Newcastle United can confirm that Japan worldwide Yoshinori Muto has been on Tyneside today ahead of a proposed move to the club".

It is not clear yet whether a deal would be a player-plus-cash on a straight loan swap but the 27-year-old looks set to return to the second-tier, where he excelled in Newcastle's promotion winning campaign two years ago by scoring 23 goals in 32 appearances.

We understand the Venezuela worldwide has a £16.5m release clause in his contract and Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez sees him as a replacement for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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