Report – Rafa Interested In £14M Rated 25-Year-Old Japan International Striker


The Mirror is reporting on their live blog today (reporter David Anderson) that Newcastle are interested in signing one of Japan’s World Cup squad.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez returned to Newcastle yesterday for a vitally important meeting on transfers at St. James’ Park.

The Newcastle manager is said to be interested in 25-year-old striker Yoshinori Muto.

Muto has been playing for Mainz in the Bundesliga for the last three seasons, and in that time he’s played 72 times with 23 goals and 11 assists for the German club.

Before that, he was at his hometown club FC Tokyo where he played 61 games with 26 goals and 5 assists over a couple of seasons.

25-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto

Muto stands about 5ft 10ins tall and is said to be valued at around £14M by his German club, and that’s a fee Newcastle should be able to afford for a striker we desperately need for next season.

Rafa has restricted funds once again this summer – at least until we sell some players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Mat Sels and Chancel Mbemba – who could bring some money into Newcastle’s coffers.

But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle pay £20M or more for any one player this summer since Rafa wants at least six new players brought into the Newcastle squad this summer.

If Rafa Benitez rates the player, then that’s fine and Muto’s stats in Germany, which is a physical league like the Premier League, look reasonable.

Muto has yet to play for Japan in these World Cup Finals in Russia.

Comments welcome.


182 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t see this one happening…

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe it’s Muto ?

    There’s a bird in the air.
    Heading towards the airport from the west.
    Black with yellow panels – is that the Police ?
    Don’t think its the Air Ambulance.
    Could it be Big Mike at last ?

    Hope Jib is on to this. Camera ready in the bushes. Shutter speed 1/250 should do it nicely as it’s a bright day.
    Keep us posted

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    lochinvar, it’s great to see you’re fully on board with this, but asking a fella to go hanging round in bushes with a camera watching choppers could be construed wrongly

    Just saying….

    😉

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Just waiting for bettyswallocks to post some
    chopper watch pics – gulp !!!

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    The same bullshit different day.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    magicmac54
    The same bullshit different day.

    So true

    You have my permission to say something
    newsworthy or original

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe if we start telling people the brain is an app they will start to use it.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Rob
    After living in China a cat in a backpack wouldn’t even raise eyebrows, they take their budgies for a walkin the park!!! in its cage!!! then they hang it up next to the other budgies so it can have a chat. the baby in a basket is afunny one too. ive stopped noticing the strange things they get up to.

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  • chicousa

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #9

    If we DID sign this player, Muto, we would have his song all ready to go:

    “Muto’s on fire, your defense is terrified…” 😉

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    OK, take this with a massive, and I mean, HUGE, a MOUNTAIN of salt but…..

    Allegedly Rafa has signed a new contract and it’ll be announced on Friday.

    Don’t shoot the messenger, just what I was told.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Dennis Praet of Sampdoria probably the
    unluckiest Belgian player cos he hasn’t
    gone to the WC is being linked with us
    again.
    https://www.iamnaples.it/calciomercato/napoli-si-allontana-praet-il-calciatore-potrebbe-andare-allestero/

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Micky
    I didn’t mean to deflect from your much more
    earth-shattering news

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  • martoon

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    DubaiMicky @10 – I’d love you to be right – where did you hear this?

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    micky, I think that’s the best news I’ve heard all year.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    since camus came up, his tale the myth of sisyphus in which a man is sentenced to eternity pushing a boulder up a hill is the perfect allegory for supporting newcastle. amazingly he declares that even if that is your fate there are small moments of joy to be had that make it worthwhile.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    “We must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib i hope your very well and having a good day, in answer to your reply Jib, iam afraid to say you wont hear anything newsworthy or original on these sites Jib, its like being on a hampster wheel, it just keeps going round and round and getting the same garbage day after day Jib. HWTL.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    if i was rafa i’d delay until we at least got a striker and winger in, unless he knows there are players in the pipeline

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    #chopper watch

    one that sounded the same as earlier just flew across the centre of Newcastle North to South – destination / point of origin unclear. Didn’t get a glimpse either time.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Albert Camus had sticky out ears like
    Marty Dubravka – must be a goalie thing

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Mike, hilarious about the Chinese and their pets, unless they’re carrying them round as snacks….

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  • Mag52

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley Out.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry, bad taste – and no I don’t mean the budgies.

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  • Mag52

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Lochinvar.

    You missed a trick there.
    There’s a nip in the air. Maybe it’s Muto.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    they’re a dog loving nation. poodles go es

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve just remembered Malcom Burgess our school
    goalie had such protruding ears his nickname was
    “wing nut” – defo a goalie thing.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    poodles go especially well with noodles

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib, the large ears act like wings to help them soar?

    Funnily enough, I always thought Shaka had tiny ears for the size of his head.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #29

    same as the keeper in my junior school. his ears were that big he had sonar. could sense the ball coming without even looking. a bit like the pinball wizard but with his lugs.

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  • Mag52

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Micky.

    Is there enough salt in the U.K. to take with your intriguing scoop ?

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I was at Shaka and Desha Hislop’s wedding
    in Chester-le St.

    cue Jail for Ashley (Jealous Guy)

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #32

    #chopperwatch

    Could it be that Mike is on his way into town?

    http://www.q-net.net.au/~orinoco/00harold.jpg

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Guys, I was just told. Now whether it’s accurate or not (I have no reason to believe that the guy who told me is a bullshitter. However.)

    Anyway,let’s see, we’re all hoping.

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  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Sweden beating Mexico
    does this mean
    Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland ?

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  • Geordie-john

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Once again all speculation and still no one through the door. What happened to all the early signings that Rafa wanted ? Fat GREEDY COCK-ney once again keeping hold of all the money hoping that it will be forgotten about by the time the next window opens. What a waste of space ! Oxygen thief !

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Germany going out right now. Sweden two up on Mexico and S Korea holding Germany to a goalless draw.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #37

    You’re a brave man Micky 🙂 Out of curiosity, how would this chap know if you don’t mind me asking?

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Bobby, the Germans will be awarded a dodgy VAR penalty in the last minute, it’ll be scuffed over the line and they’ll go through. Then they’ll start remembering how to play and win the tournament

    Not bitter, though….

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  • Reilly

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    the erics will sneak a win.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Scientists claim the earth is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons . They forgot to mention ( in Jib’s case ) morons.

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