The Mail had reported yesterday that 26-year-old Yoshinori Muto was getting close to joining Newcastle United and there are additional reports today the striker is indeed very close to joining the Tyneside club.
Today the Kyoda News is reporting the deal is in its final stages:
“According to sources, Newcastle are in the final stages of talks with the German club.”
Kyoda News reports that Muto was arriving at Haneda airport in Tokyo (Tokyo International Airport) today and he was asked about his future – with multiple reports he is on his way to Newcastle.
26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto
This is what he told reporters:
“I can’t say yet but I should be able to deliver good news soon.”
“I believe I’ll grow as a player if I put myself in a competitive environment.”
“My goal is to net 10 goals, a number I haven’t reached during a season overseas.”
Mainz director Rouven Schroder has also commented on his striker and said the following:
“The English have definitely woken up. There is now increased interest in Yoshi.”
There are other clubs interested but it looks like Newcastle are ahead of the game and in the driver’s seat to sign the Japanese International striker.
Rafa is trying to get Muto in and he also wants West Brom striker Salomon Rondon at the club but we may have to swap Dwight Gayle to get him.
That doesn’t seem like a good option and we should try to get Muto and Rondon in and also keep Gayle at the club.
What do you think?