Yoshinori Muto close to Newcastle move

However, this is Newcastle United and with such limited funds and so many positions needing strengthening, little wonder that Rafa Benitez has been forced to try and loan him.

"The Japanese striker is facing a possible move to England in the Premier League".

Newcastle's transfer window might finally be picking up after German club Mainz announced striker Yoshinori Muto was heading to St. James' Park.

In a statement, Mainz said: "We have had had good and productive talks with Newcastle, and come to an agreement in principal".

What would Swansea have to gain from loaning out a 29 year old established first team player?

- Benitez discusses the imminent arrival of Muto.

Lee Ryder of The Chronicle reports that the Magpies are looking to close out a deal for the striker soon.

Gayle struggled in the Premier League, however, scoring just twice last season.

The West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, a Venezuelan worldwide, is claimed to be Benitez's prime striking target as he attempts to sharpen up an attack that struggled to score enough goals last term.

"Newcastle United can confirm that Japan global forward Yoshinori Muto has been on Tyneside today ahead of a proposed move to the club", the Magpies confirmed in a statement.

Rondon scored seven goals and provided three assists for West Brom last season, finishing as joint top-scorer alongside Jay Rodriguez.

The Japanese global has been catching the eye in the Bundesliga but also impressed when given the chance in Russian Federation at the World Cup. He scored 17 times in 72 games for the Magpies.

Newcastle hold the trump cards though as Leicester will not accept a sale of Maguire until a replacement is secured, so they could stand firm.

  • Stacy Allen