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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

  • jane

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #161

    my predictions should come with a warning

    Japan 2 Poland 2
    Senegal 2 Columbia 2
    England 1 Belgium 1
    Panama 2 Tunisia 1

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #162

    Auf Wiedersehen Fritz. Have a safe journey home to the motherland.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #163

    Jane….. Your predictions are a bit predictable.

  • jane

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #164

    actually you are right

    Japan 1 Poland 3
    Senegal 2 Columbia 4
    England 3 Belgium 4
    Panama 1 Tunisia 5


  • Toonces

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #165

    Whether you like Mitro or not, I find the attitude of some on here towards him during this World Cup disappointing.

    Several on here have seemingly been wishing him to do poorly, were upset when he scored and played well, and are taking pleasure in his mistakes and shortcomings. I’m not talking about critiquing his performances, as we can do with any player, but those who have been actively rooting against him.

    Mitro’s future in our club aside, he is our only player at the World Cup. The biggest stage for this sport. When a Toon player does well when the eyes of the world are watching, that is good for Newcastle United. The more players we have performing at this level in this event the better. This is a way to build our reputation and the profile of the club, and win new fans. Help grow the club.

    While cheering against Mitro during this world cup, you were cheering against Newcastle United. Shameful really.


    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #166

    Cheers for the answers to my question lads….like everyone hope its true…tbh honest any news would be a step forward….the silence is infuriatingly tedious….an official statement from the club once a week or fortnight during the summer even just to say f**k alls happening would be a step forward! Lol

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #167

    Yes better. Far more adventurous.


    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #168

    I see we’ve been linked with luke shaw and Clement grenier….both canny players but have had a terrible time with injuries….think a loan for shaw with an agreed price if he plays so many games would be the best option…and grenier for 3m is not a bad option yes like shaw he’s struggled with injuries but 3m in tjis day and age is nowt really….but could be all bollicks like 99.9% of stories kickin around.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 28, 2018 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #169

    Diego having a little spell. Magic moment at the end when one of his portly hangers on doesn’t let any concern for his famous benefactor stop him from nabbing a sandwich from the buffet table.


  • swemag

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #170

    Can I assume England will gladly lose tomorrow to avoid Brazil in the quarter finals for a preferred match up with Sweden or Switzerland?
    It will be one weird game to watch, I cannot imagine any of the teams wanting to win it when the prize is Brazil coming your way.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 28, 2018 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #171

    Swemag…lets hope no team plays to loose!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 28, 2018 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #172

    I have to admit I don’t know how to use lose or loose when I don’t look it up in a dictionary! Something tells me here though that I chose wrong 🙂 lol

    …to fail to win means to lose I would assume. Loose is when you set something free right?

    They just sound the same to me when I write…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 28, 2018 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #173

    Betsy…imagine if you set your mind to something useful for a change…just imagine what you could accomplish!

    …you’re like another Jib just trawling the internet for cheap laughs and thrills. I know being a senior gives you all the time in the world…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 28, 2018 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #174

    And to answer your question from earlier. I suppose as long as either Denmark or England are in the tournament then anything is possible…

    …our road ahead is just a bit more challenging! Lets see how England does when it really matters.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 28, 2018 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #175

    Still smirking about germany finishing bottom of their group.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #176
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #177

    I would have liked to have seen Serbia put Brazil out last night but it never looked even remotely likely, I don’t think Mitro is the World Class striker some make him out to be either.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #178

    Toonces nobody was rooting for Mitro to fail. Far from it i would have been delighted to see a hat trick from him. However he showed exactly why Rafa doesn’t trust him last night. I wish it would work out for him here but for those reasons it won’t

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #179

    Serbia had only 2 less touches in the opposition
    penalty box than Brazil 26 to 28
    Brazil 28 touches = 2 goals
    Serbia 26 touches = yellow card for Big Al

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #180

    Big test tonight. I think Kane will do better with a team which is likely to leave more space at the back. I know he’s scored plenty but the goals have been set pieces or flukes and he has more to offer from open play. looking forwards to seeing him cast of the shackles

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #181

    You think so? I’m not sure we will learn too much. Southgate is making all the right noises but in reality both teams know they’re through and players will have a collective eye on the final group table / who they will play next.
    Add to that Belgium are putting their second team out. Nice position to be in though!

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #182

    The Portuguese media are saying that the hold up
    with M’Bemba to Porto is because NUFC are trying
    to do a swap + cash deal for their prolific scorer the
    Malian centre forward Moussa Marega.

    He has a release clause of €40M so there’s a bit of haggling to be done

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