Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said the club had followed Muto for some time, praising his energy and work rate. We were following him for quite a while.

The news is a boost for Benitez, who admitted after Wednesday's 4-0 friendly loss to Braga that he is "really worried" about Newcastle's hopes for the season.

Newcastle are close to signing Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon from West Brom. The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned.

The Toon's frugality in the transfer market has been a source of frustration for their loyal fans for many years, with owner Mike Ashley repeatedly unwilling to fork out sums for players.

However, the former Burnley man has probably fallen behind Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and even Rhian Brewster in the Reds' pecking order and needs to leave in order to get more first team football.

Muto, who underwent a medical and agreed personal terms with the Magpies last week, has joined on a four-year deal.

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On the other hand, midfielder Mikel Merino has been sold for £10m.

Muto is Newcastle's fifth signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Schaer on permanent deals and the loan capture of Kenedy.

"I'm not saying we're not working, but the point is we were ready to go and we knew what we wanted to do".

The Chronicle understand that Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle is part of the conversation between the two clubs.

Last season it appeared as if Klopp might be interested in helping the forward complete a fairytale comeback story. "I don't think we'll lose any players at the moment", Benitez said.

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