German magazine SportBild are reporting that FSV Mainz player Yoshinori Muto wants to move to the Premier League.
Newcastle were linked with this player at the end of March, and it looks like Rafa Benitez is keen to bring the forward to the club.
It may even be that Newcastle have already approached FSV Mainz about him since he seemed coy when asked about a possible move:
“I cannot say much, but it has always been my goal to play in the Premier League.”
25-year-old FSV Mainz forward Yoshinori Muto
Muto has played as a striker this season in Germany but he can also play on the left and on the right up front so he is versatile.
His contract at Mainz has another year to run with an option for another year – but the player seems determined to move to the Premier League this summer.
He has 19 caps for Japan with two goals but at the moment he cannot get into the squad, and that could cause Newcastle some problems getting a work permit for the former FC Tokyo player.
Muto made his debut for Japan in September 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay at the Sapporo Dome.
Newcastle is mentioned as a possible destination in this article in SportBild as it was in late March in Kicker.
This is the piece in Kicker that linked him with Newcastle:
“Yoshinori Muto plans to change to England in the Premier League this summer.”
“There have also been a few requests – and Newcastle United have watched the 25-year-old.”
He was interesting both Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer of 2015 while he was still at FC Tokyo: that’s before he signed for Mainz.
This season he has scored 9 goals and has 5 assists in 28 total appearances for Mainz, and since joining them back in 2015, he has played 70 times with 22 goals and 11 assists.
Hopefully, Newcastle are already working on bringing the player to England this summer as long as we can get a work permit for him.
What do you think?