Newcastle United have made an approach for Yoshinori Muto according to reports from Germany on Thursday morning.

Kicker say that Newcastle have been watching the Japanese international throughout this season and have now made an enquiry regarding a potential transfer this summer.

The German publication say that a number of clubs have shown an interest but only name Newcastle United.

They add that the striker is desperate to move to the Premier League and follow the path of Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki who also played for Mainz.

On the surface, the goals record of Yoshinori Muto isn’t outstanding since moving there from FC Tokyo in summer 2015.

The striker scored seven league goals in his first season in Germany, then five last year and seven so far this time.

However, playing for regular relegation strugglers (fourth bottom last season and third bottom currently), the striker’s job has been a tough one.

When it comes to goals per games started though, his record looks a lot better.

Yoshinori Muto has scored 19 goals (and eight assists) so far in only 45 Bundesliga starts (plus 17 appearances as a substitute).

Now 25 years old, the Japanese international has only one more year left on his four year contract and any transfer fee should easily be within Newcastle’s reach.

The striker has an interesting story, having combined studying for an Economics degree whilst still playing for FC Tokyo, completing that degree a few months before moving to Germany.

A mobile versatile striker who can complement a main striker, obviously that is exactly the role that Rafa Benitez is desperate to fill.

Obviously that is a long way from Newcastle actually bidding for Yoshinori Muto but he is yet another one for the pile of potential targets, that would be affordable.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    You really couldn`t make it up could you.
    FFS a Japanese Striker.

    • Leazes.

      Song Son?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Korean, they are a cut above the Japanese

        • Leazes.

          oh….. well done! they all seem quick and agile team players.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Aye, but can they score goals
            Son can

          • Aussie Bill

            Son is a damm good player, but you are wrong the J League is far better than the Korean league and so is the Japanese National team. If you meet them in the finals l expect they will easily beat England, in fact any of the Asian qualifiers will. Without foreign players the premier league would be second rate, you should be pleased that some of the Asian players are considering Newcastle..

  • Leazes.

    His market value is £4.5m which I would call a twopence-halfpenny type player and which Rafa would say is someone who knows how to kick a ball roughly in the direction of the goal.

    The previous season was spent recuperating from a shattered knee and he has a recurring back injury.

    Why in the name of Al would we want such a player Graham?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s cheep

      • Leazes.

        Bargain bins

    • Jezza

      Another injured player on a play per play loan deal costing nothing just like Slimani. Sounds like the perfect Ashley signing.

  • Toon fan

    Hoyahama owaheeya

    • Peaky Magpie

      Are we after him anaaarl ??? Whey ya bugga….

    • Philippines

      Sorry, I just posted my joke before I scrolled down and saw this. The old one’s are the best.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I bet Rafa knows nothing about this guy, it looks like his chief scout is getting his orders from the Fat Lad via the idiot Penfold.
    Buy players like this & Rafa will be gone, then again it could be “Fake News”
    but i tend to put players in the £15m to £20m area as Fake News

    • Leazes.

      Its agents putting out stories to gullible bloggers to advertise their players…..fake news covers it!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Philippines

    When ships were still built on Tyneside there was a joke that a Japanese company was considering buying one of the yards. The deal was clinched when a Jap senior boss heard a worker talking Japanese. Apparently he heard, “How, hoy a hammer ower here hinnie”. The deal was done.

  • Mxpx

    This description makes him sound just like another perez

  • Mrkgw

    Who? Well, no-one has the right to pan Mitro now, at least.