Newcastle were first linked with 26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto in March of this year, and it seems that Newcastle may be interested again in signing the Japanese International striker.
Bild is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the striker.
And unfortunately, it seems Rafa has had to go down his list of strikers this summer, and Rafa will not be getting one that was high on his list.
26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto
Muto made one short sub appearances for Japan in the World Cup, and the Mainz Sporting Director Rouven Schroder has said there is some interested from England:
“Of course he would have increased his market value even more if he had played more and scored goals,”
“There are inquiries, but so far no concrete offer!”
“The British (he means the English) were sitting in front of the TV until the end of the World Cup,”
The report suggests that Newcastle and West Ham are the two interested Premier League clubs.
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.
Muto is said to be valued at around £14M by his German club, and that’s a fee Newcastle may be able to afford for a striker we still desperately need for next season.
If Rafa Benitez rates the player, then going after him is fine and Muto’s stats in Germany, which is a physical league much like the Premier League, look reasonable.
But we’re sure Muto wasn’t near the top of Rafa’s striker list for this summer.