Newcastle United have completed the signing of Japanese international Yoshinori Muto from Bundesliga side Mainz 05.
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Yoshinori Muto was waiting on an FA Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) hearing in order to get the permission to complete his move to Newcastle. The striker failed to fulfil the automatic criteria for an FA GBE, having not played enough international matches for Japan in the recent years.
Yoshinori Muto agreed on personal terms and completed the medical last Friday ahead of a permanent switch from Mainz. The fee was reported to be around £9.5 million. He also signed a 4-year-contract with the Premier League side after he was granted a work permit after the hearing.
The 26-year-old, who has also earned 25 caps for his nation, told the club’s official website that he was “honoured” to become Newcastle’s first ever Japanese player.
Muto said: “I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans. As the first Japanese Newcastle player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club.
“I hope to achieve good results – that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle’s history.”
Newcastle head coach Rafa Benitez affirmed that the club had been tracking the Japan international for some time before the forward became the club’s 5th signing of the summer.
Benitez said: “I am really pleased to have Yoshinori Muto with us. We were following him for quite a while. Hopefully, he can bring us his energy and work-rate and help the team to improve and be better for the new season.”
Newcastle United's signings this summer:
🇸🇰 Martin Dúbravka – 11 caps for Slovakia
🇧🇷 Kenedy – 22 caps for Brazil youth
🇰🇷 Ki Sung-yueng – 104 caps for South Korea
🇨🇭 Fabian Schär – 42 caps for Switzerland
🇯🇵 Yoshinori Muto – 25 caps for Japan
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Newcastle have also sold Aleksandar Mitrovic to Premier League rivals Fulham last week generating a healthy fund of £22m. He becomes the 5th signing for the club following the arrivals of Martin Dubrvaka from Sparta Prague, Swansea captain Ki Sung-Yeung, Fabian Schar, and Kenedy on loan from Chelsea.