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.