Yoshinori Muto has flown out of Japan on Thursday morning.

The striker giving an enigmatic answer on which club he is going  to join.

The 26 year old stating ‘I can’t say yet but I should be able to deliver good news soon (on identity of his new club).’

However, he does admit he is looking  forward to playing in a more ‘competitive environment’ and trying to get into double figures in this coming season.

Yoshinori Muto did score 13 goals in Japanese domestic football one year but eight goals last season had been his best in the Bundesliga in the three years at Mainz.

Newcastle were first linked with the forward back in March (see below), the German media claiming Rafa had been having the player watched throughout the season.

This week has seen the link resurface and along with many other players who were out in Russia, this will be the time when Yoshinori Muto and many others at the World Cup (he played just once, the 1-0 defeat to Poland), will be returning to their clubs, or signing for new ones…

Media reports have claimed a big difference in valuations, with Mainz supposedly holding out for £17m and Newcastle/Ashley only willing to pay £9m.

The media in both Germany and Japan seem pretty confident this deal is on, so it will be a relief if Rafa Benitez has landed at least one of his targets. However, he doesn’t look like the out and out  goalscorer who potentially looks capable of getting the 15+ goals that Newcastle were desperate for.

In our Mike Ashley reduced circumstances though, he looks a decent signing (if it comes off) and one who will work hard as well as hopefully get that double figures goal tally.

Mainz were almost relegated last season and stayed up in 14th (of 18) spot, with Muto starting 20 of the 34 league games. He has started 30 Bundesliga matches the last two years and  in the same time been named on the bench 20 times, so again, we have to be realistic about who we are signing here, and not expect him to be the total answer to our poor goalscoring of last season.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic surely set to leave despite no quick deal happening, you would hope/expect that if Yoshinori Muto does indeed sign, then Rafa will be able to bring in at least one other attacking player capable of scoring goals as well.

Kyodo News:

Japan striker Yoshinori Muto on verge of sealing Newcastle deal

Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto is closing in on a deal with Newcastle United…

According to sources, Newcastle are in the final stages of talks with the German club.

Muto told reporters at Haneda (Tokyo) airport Thursday:

“I can’t say yet but I should be able to deliver good news soon (on identity of his new club).

“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 (outside of domestic football in Japan).”

The Mag – 29 March 2018:

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.



  • NUFCDan

    So the club want £17m and we’ve offered £9m? I think I know where he’ll be signing and its not here.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I hope not

  • Peaky

    If this goes through that’s the South Korean and Japanese market cornered for shirt sales….where next ??. …Can Jackie Chan head a ball…..????

    • Kneebotherm8

      Reading the article ……that’s exactly what I was thinking……more Asian exposure for shtdirect……

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Let`s hope West Spam hijack him at Heathrow

    • kingfisher

      Would rather have Bruce Lee Peaky, but ther’s a slight problem with that !🈷️🈶️㊙️🈯️🉐️🈺️

      • Leazes.

        Ah he’s the Lee brother’s Chinese cousin.

        • Peaky

          😂🤣😂

      • Peaky

        Is that your order sorted for later Kingfisher…..chicken chow mein with crispy noodles……lovely.

        • kingfisher

          Mmmmmmm very nice.But I think I’ll pass on the flied lice !🤣

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A Rafa target 😂😂😂
    Japanese striker who scores 8 a season
    Give it a rest

    • Leazes.

      The club are imposing players on him aren’t they, a player from Carr’s lists!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Exactly

      • NUFCDan

        Or a player who was 7 or 8 places down Rafa’s list but is top of Penfolds because he’s the only one available for less than £10m.

        • Milo79

          My concern exactly. Give the new guys a chance, by all means, but how far down his list of preferences has Rafa had to go. What’s that expression, buy cheap buy twice.

      • Peaky

        Carr’s lists…..the football equivalent of the Dead Sea scrolls…….bet they have those red wax seals on them…

  • kingfisher

    For you Mr Ashley,the war is over 😆😆😆

  • East Durham Mag

    Everyday we will get exclusives and rumours until the final day when an all too familiar scenario will present itself. This feeling of deja vu is getting stronger by the moment.

    • Jezza

      True. Never has a club been linked with so many players and ended up signing none of them.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂

      • Peaky

        Churchillian…..

        • Jezza

          I hope not.

      • Leicester Mag

        Never in the field of human football has so little been spent on so much utter sh¥te for so little benefit

      • East Durham Mag

        Now we get two players from the Far East one can’t help but think Fatty see’s another marketplace for Sh#te Diarrhoea. Sad times.

  • Paul Patterson

    The cynic in me says that it’s a way of selling Sh*te Direct in the Asian markets. Along with Sung Yeung . .

    • Jezza

      Spot on.

    • Lewis SG

      If that’s the case, he would have signed Keisuke Honda ages ago and maybe add a Chinese player to the squad as well.

  • Megatron1505

    I actually think Muto is a decent player, I watched the Bundesliga quite a bit last year and he does have plenty of ability and effort. However, he is definitely not the forward that we need as he won’t beat the goal tally of those we already have.

    Maybe Rafa has reasoned that it’s better to have 4 strikers who all score 8-10 goals a season of you definitely cannot afford a 30 goal a season striker.

    • Jezza

      He may not be the forward the team needs but he’s definitely the type of player Fatso needs to plug the S****s D****t brand in the Far East market.

      • Wezza

        That’s why exactly what I thought. More exposure in the Far East.

      • HarryHype59

        Agreed, this signing, if it comes off, will be a marketing ploy for SD in the far east.

      • Leazes.

        Team building now…..Its got nothing to do with football has it?…. survival and SD marketing.

    • Leazes.

      He said its his ambition to score double figures….. third drawer quality?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        👍👍

  • Peaky

    Is it just me but I seem to be extra cautious typing here in case I say something I shouldn’t…….??? ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ ready to pounce…..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A Japanese Joselu, FFS

    • Mrkgw

      Quite. Have never heard of him which makes the hype surrounding this fiasco ever more bizarre.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Just wait until the Chron starts on a massive Coup for Newcastle

        • Leazes.

          You know it!

          It’ll be a list of ‘positives’ with no balance for a third rater…. that’s what Ryder does…..the bigging-up and pacification process cheered on by the Lee brothers dressed as cancan girls (David will like that)

          • Peaky

            “5 Best Sushi Restaurants In Newcastle”……..

        • Mrkgw

          They have well and truly lost the plot. They will applaud anything.

    • Toontaff

      How do we say Joselu in Japanese? uma

  • 1957

    Never seen him play but statistically he’s another sub 10 goals a season man in an elite league, albeit his strike rate of just over 1 in 3 makes him a slight improvement on the Hoss and Dwight.

    Assuming West Ham don’t hijack him, the only question is can he run about enough in training to oust the present incumbents and make the starting eleven.

    • Mrkgw

      Well, the £9m that Ashley is willing to pay just about buys something with two legs. That’s a starting point at least.

      • 1957

        His main competition, the Hoss, runs around in training and only cost £5m. I’m surprised Ashley agreed to spend so lavishly this time

        • Mrkgw

          Maybe the £4m up and above the Hoss will provide one intermittent eye for goal.

  • Wezza

    ‘Mainz supposedly holding out for £17m and Newcastle/Ashley only willing to pay £9m.’

    Really. Well he isn’t coming here that is for sure! Just another joke bid where MA and Charnley know fine well we won’t get the player. Won’t be held to ransom etc.
    What a disgrace.

    • 1957

      No one interested at £17m or anywhere near so they are prepared to accept a lower fee with performance related add ons.

      If he signs the club and the Chronicle will sell it as a coup getting him for half price when in reality we’ve probably overpaid for another sub 10 goal a season man

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        No one interested at £9m either.
        Ryder will have him as the Far East`s Harry Kane

      • Jezza

        Well at least it would be an improvement on our usual sub 5 goal a season striker signings.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Transfer market value £5.4m

    • Jezza

      Even if the asking price is £9 million we can forget it. There’s no way NUFC will spend even £9 million on a player these days. Those kind of transfer fees are what middling Championship clubs are now spending and we just can’t compete with that.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Monkseaton must be at the Airport
    😂😂
    Or buying more season tickets

    • Billmag

      In a lift probably.

      • Paul Patterson

        Farting in a lift- wrong on so many levels . .
        I’ll get my coat . .

  • Billmag

    What was that quote Rafa made £12ml+ to kick a ball forward, £20ml+ to score a goal now we bid £9ml for a striker tells you all you need to know. If this is a Rafa signing which I doubt he must have been at the bottom of his list, a last resort if all else fails like the Joselu signing.

  • Mrkgw

    Dear me. VitalFootball are badging him the new Messi. Hilarious if it didn’t involve our club.

  • HarryHype59

    If true, this is a totally uninspiring cheap target. Fatty takes some sort of perverse pride in running this club like a branch of SD. This club has the money to buy a £25m plus striker who can score 12 to 15 goals a season.

    This type of player could be worth double in a few years if successful, instead the club under Fatso bin dips for more shirt fillers. Most of whom sit on the bench and drain the wage bill.

  • Lewis SG

    Brighton signs Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iranian) for £17m – Oooh ahh great signing, showing ambition in the transfer market.

    NUFC signed Ki Sung Yeung for free, Muto about to sign for £9m – Cheapskate, cheap signings, Jacky Chan’s cousins, Rush Hour 4, jersey sales, doomsday everyday.

    Seriously you guys.

    • HarryHype59

      Howay man, you can’t expect NUFC to compete with the likes of Brighton and er…Fulham, Wolves, Huddersfield and the other sides in the bottom ten.

      • Jezza

        The sad reality is that we can’t even compete with the transfer spending of the top ten in the Championship never mind the bottom ten in the Premiership.

        • HarryHype59

          Actually Jezza, with Ashley sitting on £126m TV money, we can compete. The owner simply refuses to do this.

          • Jezza

            I know that. There’s also the £40 odd million transfer profit since Rafa came. It’s the fat pig and his insatiable greed to line his own pockets that makes us unable to compete.

          • HarryHype59

            100% agreed.

      • Lewis SG

        I don’t know what the club is doing, but I’m fine with not overpaying for a player. It takes good scouting to identify the right players without paying over the odds. If we do break our transfer record, please let it be a player worthy of that price tag.

        • Jezza

          When we signed the likes of Joselu and Manquillo last summer was that a case of “good scouting to identify the right players without paying over the odds”.

          • HarryHype59

            We over paid for those two and Murphy. You can add Riviere, De Jong, and numerous others to list of hopeful punts we have over paid for.

            In todays market it is pointless buying in sub £20m forwards.

          • Jezza

            Yes, you can just as easily over pay at the bottom end of the market too.

        • HarryHype59

          Newcastle United regularly over pay for “punts”. DeJong, Riviere, Manky, Murphy, De jong and the Hoss, being prime examples.

  • Leazes.

    There is some poster on the chronicle site saying ‘great acquisition he’s had a solid world cup’….. I looked it up I had to. (I admit scouting fatigue drew in after game six)

    ……he had one game and played 88 mins didn’t score in a game they lost.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂😂

      • Peaky

        Where’s Nutty ?? “Is He Learning Japanese,Is He Learning Japanese,I Really Think So”………😂😂😂

        • TheNutJob

          😀😁😀
          you guessed right

  • SAMTHECAT

    Japanese-Asian markets-sportswear-i get the picture. Ki isnt an improvement on Merino, This guy is no improvement if we sell Mitro. If Shelvey gets injured we will be bottom by Xmas.

    • Toon

      No improvement on the massive overrated flop that is Mitro? Let me guess you thought Mbemba was “quality”. As you have obviously seen him play a number of games to form a judgement, more in-depth scout reports please?

  • Clarko

    (Repeat post)

    If we bring in Rondón (for Gayle), Muto (for Mitrović), Schär and Bryan before the window shuts would you be happy?

    • Milo79

      There’s no telling if we’d be any better off until we see the new guys play.

      • Clarko

        The squad would/will be stronger, we are shipping out players who were never used and we are bringing in replacements that you would assume will be used/given a chance. You are right on the unknown quality of those replacements though, we will have to wait and see but that wasn’t the question. Would you be happy with the transfer business if the above were to happen?

  • Desree

    Riviere all over again?

    • Peaky

      Aye but without the stupid hairstyles…..

    • Lewis SG

      He is Asian. He can do maths and do hard work. Can Riviere do maths and hard work?

      He Asian. He do maths and do hard work. Can Riviere do maths and do hard work? (Try reading in Asian voice)

  • Desree

    The hoss was the replacement for Mitro. This lad must be Cisse’s replacement.

  • Toon

    Love the in-depth scouting analysis by the football experts on here! Basing judgements on wiki and transfer fees, writing both new signings off before even seeing them play! They aren’t Joselu or Manquillo, Rafa has gone for them so happy to reserve judgement