Mainz and Newcastle United have agreed to the transfer of Yoshinori Muto.

The striker having spent the last three years in the Bundesliga and also part of Japan’s squad at this summer’s World Cup.

The 26 year old has passed his medical and agreed terms.

Newcastle releasing an official announcement on Friday night.

All they are waiting for now is a ‘Governing Body Endorsement’ – otherwise known as a work permit.

Official Newcastle United announcement:

Newcastle United can confirm that Japan international forward Yoshinori Muto has been on Tyneside today ahead of a proposed move to the club.

An agreement has been formalised between the Magpies and Muto’s current club, FSV Mainz 05, and the player has undergone a medical and agreed personal terms.

The transfer is now subject to the player being issued with a Governing Body Endorsement which will be determined at a hearing to take place later next week.​’

The Mag – Earlier Today (27 July 2018):

Yoshinori Muto is on the verge of joining Newcastle United.

Mainz Director Rouven Schroder says that there is an ‘agreement in principle’ for the 26 year old to move to Newcastle but ‘still details to sort.’

However, widespread in the media, it is reported that a £9.5m as been agreed and the player is simply waiting for his work permit to be confirmed.

So what are Newcastle United getting when/if the forward signs.

Well, interesting to see what Conor Garratt says, he runs the ‘Yoshinori Muto Fan’ twitter account.

A good start as he says ‘He’s brilliant…doesn’t score loads but Mainz look far better with him in attack.’

As for Muto’s playing style: ‘Works best as a central striker with a prolific attacking mid behind him. Creates a lot of space and has the pace and energy to get in behind quite a lot.’

I think it is obvious from the Japanese international’s record so far that he isn’t going to be a prolific goalscorer but interesting when you dig down into his stats.

Three years at Mainz have seen him score seven, five and eight goals, in his three league seasons.

However, you have to take that in the context of starting only 48 Bundesliga games in those three years, with 18 appearances off the bench.

Maybe the best guide is when you look at 4,422 minutes on the pitch, which works out at a goal every 221 minutes. Which would work out at 15 goals if playing every single minute of a 38 game Premier League season.

In reality, Newcastle look to be getting a hard working striker who is also capable of at least getting into double figures, if staying free of injury, which has been a problem at Mainz.

If Yoshinori Muto does indeed complete his move, you have to think Rafa still needs to add goals to the squad, as well as the current players to also step up next season on the goals front.

Rouven Schröder:

“We have had very good and constructive talks with Newcastle United and have an agreement in principle.

“However, there are still details to sort out but we are optimistic that we will soon come to a conclusion regarding the transfer.”

Yoshinori Muto Fan account on Twitter:

“He’s always wanted a PL move and think 3 years at Mainz is a decent stint.

“Probably would have been less if not for injuries.

“He’s brilliant though and any NUFC fans wanting to know what he’s like as a player…

“Works best as a central striker with a prolific attacking mid behind him.

“Creates a lot of space and has the pace and energy to get in behind quite a lot.

“Doesn’t score loads but Mainz look far better with him in attack than without.

“May be a bit lightweight but think he’d cope.”



  • Tweed Mag

    Welcome!

  • Anonymouse1

    his record in Germany was between 5 to 8 a season, the author equates that to 15 in the premiership over 38 games but in the last paragraph a Mainz fan says he doesn`t score many goals but runs around a lot, every new player deserves a chance but i said that about joselu last year

    • Clarko

      His record in Germany (like the article states) was a goal every 221 minutes, there are ~3420 minutes in a 38 game season, if he played every minute in a 38 game season (3420 minutes) and maintained his Bundesliga goalscoring record (3420/221) he would score 15 goals.

      • Anonymouse1

        thanks for that, but he won`t score 15 in the premiership

        • Clarko

          For the second time today, I didn’t say he would.

          • Tony English

            If I were being a pedant….

            “If he played every *minute in a 38 game season”

            *providing there was no stoppage time played or he was substituted in every game after exactly 90 minutes and zero seconds of game time*

            …ok, just for you Clarko I’m being a pedant.

          • Clarko

            ‘~3420 minutes’

            Do you know what ‘~’ means? Look it up.

          • Tony English

            Yes ‘~’ is a ghost face.

          • Clarko

            You played yourself.

          • Tony English

            Do you know what ; ) means?

          • Anonymouse1

            i know you didn`t the article implied he would
            you seem to have some serious issues there maybe therapy would help

          • Clarko

            No, the article stated/implied the exact thing I did:

            ‘Maybe the best guide is when you look at 4,422 minutes on the pitch, which works out at a goal every 221 minutes. Which would work out at 15 goals if playing every single minute of a 38 game Premier League season.’

            You have a problem reading, maybe getting an education would help.

          • Fireman Sam

            51,999 supporters think mike Ashley has pocketed the TV money and is ripping us off.

          • TheNutJob

            no good asking Clarko, you`ll only get a load of bull off him

          • Clarko

            No, if you look at the accounts you can see the only money Ashley took out of the club was the £11m loan repayment in 2012 but you don’t like facts or evidence do you?

          • Anonymouse1

            the accounts are a joke

          • Clarko

            How? Where is your evidence? Or are you like @disqus_QHr9TytWll:disqus?

          • Anonymouse1

            there isn`t a billionaire in the world that doesn`t fiddle the accounts, how old are you 12 with access to Google

          • Clarko

            In other words you have absolutley zero evidence, you’ve never even looked at the accounts and you’re just a big dumb dumb.

            #FlatEarther

          • Wezza

            Ha. The troll has no comeback. Every penny yet Rafa has had to wheel and deal and we are still in minus net spend. With 126M prize money not even being touched the proof is right there.

          • Wezza

            He has done for years mate. Now everybody is seeing it.

          • Anonymouse1

            the mental unit is full of guys like you
            you need to get a grip of yourself

          • Clarko

            Hey look at that, a completely irrelevant, nonsensical reply. I wonder why…

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂
            👽👽

          • Tony English

            Are you still here arguing with your exacting precision when it suits?

            I don’t notice any ‘~’ ghost faces in the article stats which you have pasted here and defend?

            Does this statistic include stoppage time or not? As ‘every single minute of a Premier League Season’ has never, ever been 3420 minutes precisely.

            ‘~’

            ‘~’

          • Clarko

            ‘As “every single minute of a Premier League Season” has never, ever been 3420 minutes precisely’

            Where is your evidence to back that claim up?

          • Tony English

            Here he goes…ok…Clarko Vorderman…

            One post cite your ‘~’ ghost face as a get out clause to a possible flaw in your calculations…

            Second post quote the article and say the article “stated/implied the EXACT thing” but the article and your post has no ‘~’ ghost face…

            So…which is it? Stop wriggling….which one is it…it’s an easy sum, two contradictory statements, you are at best 50% wrong. How does that feel? Maybe as you say…learn to read dummy?

            You’re the one with the faulty abacus, you let me know the probability that one team will play 38 games in a row, all of which are PRECISELY 5400 seconds…not a nano second…not a planck….PRECISELY….

            …your move, lets see if you go low as per.

          • Clarko

            There was no flaw in my post/calculations, I specified that the time was an approximation (~) and then proceeded to make the exact same calculations and then came to the exact same conclusion as the author.

            Again, you still haven’t provided any evidence to back the claim that every single minute of a Premier League Season ‘has never, ever been 3420 minutes precisely’. You have trouble with that, providing evidence to support your claims, I’m still waiting for evidence of The Chronicle not being ‘creditable’ (credible).

          • Tony English

            One post was an approximation (~) one was an absolute statement…they cannot both be correct. That must be embarrassing for you Carol.

            As you’re struggling with numbers Carol, lets play a letters round…

            |D|…. |U|…. |M|… |B|….and an incontinent please…

            |C|… |L|… |A|… |R|… |K|..and erm… a vowel please Carol |O|

            …ok, your time starts now….

          • Clarko

            And there we go, once again, nothing of substance to say. It’s just too easy.

          • Tony English

            Apology accepted.

          • Paul Patterson

            ” if he played every minute in a 38 game season (3420 minutes) and maintained his Bundesliga goalscoring record (3420/221) he would score 15 goals.”

            Yeah, ya did..

          • Clarko

            He would score 15 goals in the Premier League, ‘if he played every minute in a 38 game season (3420 minutes) and maintained his Bundesliga goalscoring record’.

            I never stated that I personally think he can/will hit that number.

            To clarify, ‘I didn’t say he would’, the math did, under a specific set of circumstances.

        • Jezza

          Do you mean next season or over the entire duration of his contract.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        FFS – he might score 5 he might do a Marcus Stewart and score 20 – your stats are irrelevant. Using your principle the likes of Kezman, The Winkle Guy, Janssen would be bagging 30 a season.

        • TheNutJob

          don`t kick him off
          😂😂

        • Clarko

          Again, I never stated how many goals he would score, learn how to read dummy.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            What’s with the dummy bit?

          • Clarko

            You’re a dummy.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            What’s with the dummy bit?

          • GlasgowMag

            You use the word dummy a lot mabye you should start using it and give us all peace!!!!

          • Clarko

            I use ‘the word dummy a lot’ so I should ‘start using it’ to give you ‘peace’. Yeah, that comment doesn’t make any sense at all. Dummy.

          • Kneebotherm8

            I think you’ll find he spits his dummy out regularly…..

      • TheFatController

        He’s managed 66 games in 3 seasons so I doubt he’ll manage 38 in a PL season as a small player being battered by the big world class centre backs every other game…

        • Clarko

          I never said that he would/could play all 38 games.

    • TheFatController

      If I didn’t score goals I’d run around a lot too…

  • Tony English

    I have an ex-girlfriend who will be very happy today.

    Mainly because she is my ex-girlfriend, but partly because she’s Japanese.

    MOSHI MOSHI MUTO!

  • Tino11

    🎌🏯

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Can’t remember if it was the season before last where him Malli & De blassis we’re quality for Mainz sure they qualified for Europe, De blassis was an inspired January signing

  • Ba ba.

    Good luck kid your going to need it.. Hwtls

  • Tony English

    Nice random wrangling of stats from the BBC website..

    “The fee is reported to be £9.5m and he would boost the options for a team who scored 39 league goals last season, the second fewest of the top 14.”

    The top 14? When has anyone ever said ‘the top 14’?

    • Dillon Tovak

      Mike Ashley when saying he has no interest finishing in it.

    • Ba ba.

      Ya reet

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    HOW ABOUT A PROPER #10 FFS?? oh right “proper” is well above Ashley’s budget…

    • Anonymouse1

      it looks like £10m is the top end for him no matter how much comes in

      • Fireman Sam

        Where’s the tv money gone?

        • TheNutJob

          in the basement of fatty`s Miami Mansion

        • Leicester Mag

          Greggs 🥪

        • Anonymouse1

          it`ll be where the last few season have gone

        • Superdooperhooper

          Greggs

        • Wezza

          Mash Holdings that’s why MA wouldn’t sell the club be cause he can make hundreds of millions.
          Pure, staggering greed.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      When has Rafa used a classic no. 10? He doesn’t play that way.

  • Leazes.

    Ryder and the Lie Machine

    The bigging up process begins…… and it needs some work…… his world cup contribution was 88 minutes of one game which they lost. a five point four million pound player and even the chronicle has had trouble gearing up the lie machine calling the player a ‘tool for Rafa’s armory’ as opposed top a centre forward…

    ….more like an ‘Advert for Ashley’s real campaign’ the SD PR in JP.

    Luke de Jong II

    Rafa will be having a whiskey now and wondering how to get through the last ten months of clarty smiles for the cameras.

    • Ram Kishore

      Yep the title ‘Tool for Rafa’s armory’ is too much for even the most positive supporter

  • Jezza

    Expect confirmation of Mitro’s move to Fulham within 24 hours.

    • Leazes.

      Yup they left him behind when they jetted off to Porto.

      • Nut

        Being reported he is on the plane!

    • Wezza

      Beat me to it Jezza.
      This window has been about cheap replacements and maximising sales yet again for MA.

      • Jezza

        Ha ha yes, wouldn’t it be perfect for Fatso if Muto was refused a work permit after the Mitro money is banked.

        • Wezza

          His fingers will be crossed i’m sure!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      For once, I expect you are right, we should also have another signing by Wednesday.

    • Nut

      Except Mitro is on the plane to Portugal so unlikely to be the case.

  • Mark Davies

    Looking at the usual comments beggars belief. Cant we please give the lad and the other new signings a chance first please?

    I want ashley gone and the treatment of rafa is hideous but we have a new season coming up and I think this kid could be a gem. Time will tell of course.

    As for mitro, didnt he miss enough chances when we went down to save us and he was slagged off then on here but now hea world class?

    Seriously lets get behind rafa and the team when the season starts and see what happens.

    Serious question for all the doom mongers of which I can be but really who are we meant to compete with for the moaning? Man city? Liverpool, man u, chelsea etc? No thought not unless were taken over. We wont be in a rush as I believe stavely was Ashleys pal and biggest joke to date.

    And dont start the brighton, huddersfield etc have spent more as on who? More names that if wed bought still would ahve been moaned at?

    Just want a reasonable debate and not just anti ashley usual stuff

    • Benmagpie

      Welcome to the Mag brother. Before it’s over your name will be researched to make sure you’re a Geordie, you’ll be called a moron, you’ll be accused of being some brother from Manchester, and ultimately you’ll be blocked by people who haven’t been to a game since Lee flogged supermac. This is not the home of reasoned debate.

      • Leazes.

        Mark Davies …..I blocked that one months ago, you seem to have used the guest route Kevin

        • Mark Davies

          Who is kevin?

        • Mark Davies

          Do tou seriously think im called kevin or are you on about someone else?

        • Mark Davies

          Waiting on your answer? And how you think it? If you want im row d seat 160 east stand. Well known in there and they know im not Kevin, just Mark. So………

        • Mark Davies

          No reply? Ah well settee ender. Night

        • Benmagpie

          Hahahaha who is Kevin? I had a neighbour two doors down called Kevin. And of course one of my heroes is kevin Keegan. Kevin Nolan is a pretty good bloke too.

          • Nut

            Always accuses me of being bobby flekman lol what a moron!

            Pretty certain Leazes is actually Jezza etc etc

        • Wezza

          These brothers are pathetic.

      • Mark Davies

        Aye exactly

      • Toon Barmy

        Also, before it’s over, you will be accused of being anti-Newcastle, not supporting the team, being dumb, anti-interlectual, a glory hunter and constantly told you are not entitled to an opinion if you no longer attend matches.

      • Mark Davies

        Well seems someone thinks im called Kevin anyway. Love to know his real name as he hides his identidy like the coward he is. United we stand

        • Toon Barmy

          That’s the problem, we DON’T stand United.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Offer to meet them for a pint before a match and they decline. Considering they claim anyone with a brain is an infiltrator, there may be a little bit of deflection going on. Micky, fireman Sam, Leazes’ and fat Jezza may just be one person.

          • Nut

            I think probably the case

          • Mark Davies

            I think you may be right but dont forget johnmag, peaky and nutjob

          • Mark Davies

            Also, id love to meet them in the strawberry but I reckon mmm etc may not be old enough to be served. Maybe haymarket bus stop with a bottle of lambrini is more of a chance

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ha, MMM , from the quality of his posts is one who “likes a drink” but it may well be a park bench rather than a pub.

      • Wezza

        Then why do you troll here? Simple question.

    • Ba ba.

      Correct .. .let’s give them a chance and I’ve said before Huddersfield have spunked money on who exactly and the same for Brighton. .

    • nufcslf

      The only doom mongster is the stupid fat c**t that runs the show. Sensible fans looking on see this, those that choose to accept it are in for the same painful pysh take. What anything Sports Direct United has to do with football and Newcastle United is beyond me. Fatty has to simply f**k off before this club can move on. Nothing worth supporting or getting excited about until this happens.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s a Troll and Ashley supporter, tell him to [email protected]@k off then block the idiot

        • nufcslf

          So sad that the club has hit such a low and even more pathetic that so many so called fans see some sort of light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

        • Mark Davies

          If you read my posts properly youd see im a fan and not an ashley supporter. I do remember you calling st james sid james like a mackem though

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you`re just a cheer leader for the Fat [email protected]@k under your many aliases,
      you pop up and fly the flag for Fatty.
      the guys ruining the club you [email protected]@king idiot,
      take your krap over to the Chron

      • Mark Davies

        Are you talking to me kidda? One alias on here and one on the chron. Whats your problem?

      • Mark Davies

        I am curious as to who you may think I actually am. I post under my name and even gave my seat number out. Youre an odd one. In fact why dont you walk into the strawberry and ask michael who i am as hes a mate of mine.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Some of this lot need to look up the definition of support?

    • Fireman Sam

      We all want Ashley gone

      Well everyone apart from Clarko

  • TheFatController

    I hope he does well and wish him the best, because to be honest the poorest element of the team is up front and wasting chances…

    I blame Ayoze, when he was scoring difficult chances at season end it was a refreshing reminder that not all strikers need clear cut chances to score …

  • Dillon Tovak

    Doesn’t Ki have a problem with the Japanese? I wonder how they’ll get on?

    • Lewis SG

      What makes you think so?

      • Dillon Tovak

        I read about some kind of controversy where Ki celebrated in a provocative way to the Japanese fans, similar to Shaqiri against Serbia.
        I can’t 100% remember tbh.

        • Daniel

          I heard that too. I think it was in retaliation to racist slurs he was getting when he played at Celtic. Japan took it as a racial taunt at them but he said it wasn’t the case

        • Leazes.

          Japan’s imperialist expansion brutally occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 and is not forgotten.

          • TheNutJob

            wor kid said it may cause problems in the dressing room
            i don`t know much about it but he does

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The Koreans have a problem with the Japanese ok, A big problem

  • Foggy

    I know we aren’t signing worldbeaters, but to be honest, I’m getting excited about the new season and I can’t wait for it to start.

    I might not feel like this at Christmas mind.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Looking at the fixtures you may not feel that way by the end of September

      • Foggy

        Maybe so. Get the hard ones out of the way early. We may surprise ourselves.

    • StevieB

      Seriously?? Does it not concern you that wolves , Fulham and Brighton are spending money like it’s going out of fashion , and we’re looking at players for 2-3m ?

      • Foggy

        Of course it does. I said that. It still doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to the season even though there is a chance we might have 3 points after the first half dozen games. We have to play them sometime. Give us a decent striker and our starting 11 is as good as any out of the top six. Maybe a good full back as well.

        I’ve never heard of most of these foreign players that the clubs are signing much less seen them play. So I am not that bothered about them. Lascelles is twice the player Maguire is and yet he’s valued at twice as much. Does not make sense. So these big fees unless you are signing Ronaldo mean sweet FA.

        Bring it on.

        • StevieB

          I appreciate your enthusiasm and I wish I saw it like you but I can only see an even more difficult year than last one, and lascelles twice the player that maguire is ?? …….come on mate

          • Foggy

            I’d rather have Lascelles than Maguire any day. He’ll be Englands captain in the future. Not denying the season won’t be easy but a couple of players and the fat man getting hit by a bus and we’ll be laughing. :)

  • robbersdog

    According to reports this morning, if Leicester sell Harry Maguire to Man Utd, they want to replace him with Lascelles. A fee of £35-40m is being suggested.

    • Soldier

      that`s bad news as Ashley will sell him at the right price no matter what Rafa say`s

      • StevieB

        And then we will also need a new manager.

        • Soldier

          Ashley will do what Ashley does, he`ll get someone in a lot cheaper & not give a hoot

          • StevieB

            At least all the merry go round managers are in posts at the minute , so no one jumps out who he’d roll the dice on

    • TheNutJob

      i see they want £80m for Maguire so if they bid £40m for Jamaal they are £40m to the good. i can`t see Fatty not selling him at that price

      • Peaky

        🚁🚁🚁
        Clear the skies…..chopper heading to Leicester…..

        • TheNutJob

          Penfold will be ecstatic a £35m profit for his boss

          • Peaky

            Yup….another £10 bonus to go towards his Christmas hamper….

        • TheNutJob

          looking at the papers online every club is wheeling and dealing except us, 1 report says we`re in for Danny Ings at £20m, Ryder must have started that rumour

    • Peaky

      They’ll have to run it by the boss first “Steptoe Vardy”….look what happened to Ranieri….

      • TheNutJob

        leazes must be away to suck some lemons
        🍋🍋🍋
        😂😂

        • Peaky

          Enjoying the rain here Nutty…..it’s bloody lashing down & bouncing off the ground…💦💦

          • TheNutJob

            Thunderstorm up here last night, gone now

  • Stell

    5 goals max, another joselu
    shurle to fulham , mato to newcastle, jesus

    • East Durham Mag

      Nah mate Jesus said he wanted to be in London.

  • StevieB

    I’m not exactly blown away by this one

  • Damon Horner

    18 Koreans play in J league 1 and they have rules on foreign players so unlikely politics will be a factor between Ki and Muto. Ki was accused of racism when celebrating an international goal against Japan but claimed it was a response to abuse when playing in Scotland. I reckon they’ll be fine. Might be the optimist in me but I reckon Muto could have a good season, interesting to see how it works with Perez/Muto.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Ki would say that wouldn`t he,
      If Muto turns up at training one day with a Samurai Sword then all is not well
      😂😂

  • Alreet

    I think a forward line of Muto. Perez and Ki would be interesting

    • Dillon Tovak

      Giroud, Perez and Townsend would be even better but hey ho.
      I think if we stay injury free and the mood within the club is relatively high we could do adequately this year, dodgy times ahead if we pick up injuries though.