Mainz release statement on Twitter claiming Muto's Newcastle move is close amid medical claims

Yoshinori Muto of Japan is challenged by Kamil Glik of Poland during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Poland at Volgograd Arena on June 28, 2018 in Volgograd,...

Newcastle United look set to sign Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto.

Yoshinori Muto of Japan is challenged by Kamil Glik of Poland during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Poland at Volgograd Arena on June 28, 2018 in Volgograd,...

Bundesliga side Mainz have released a statement on Twitter from director Rouven Schroeder confirming that striker Yoshinori Muto is set for a move to Newcastle United.

The Magpies tied up their fourth summer signing earlier today, as Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar arrived in a bargain £3.5million deal after his release clause was activated.

Manager Rafael Benitez has already brought back loanees Martin Dubravka and Kenedy, as well as landing South Korean international Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer from Swansea City.

Benitez has been working on a tight budget, and that's never the best situation to be working in when needing a striker, and Newcastle have been struggling to bring in a forward this summer.

Now though, The Guardian report that Mainz forward Yoshinori Muto is heading to Tyneside for a medical with the Magpies, having struck a deal worth £9.5million.

Muto, 26, featured for Japan at this summer's World Cup in Russia, and hit eight goals in 27 Bundesliga games for Mainz last season, with injuries something of a problem for him.

Mainz' Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto celebrates scoring the 2-0 during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FSV Mainz 05 vs Hannover 96 in Mainz, Germany, on August 29,...

Quick, skilful and capable of playing behind a striker, Muto will be a vailable addition to the Newcastle attack, and his move to St. James' Park appears to have been confirmed.

Mainz have released a statement on Twitter from director Rouven Schroeder, and he claims that constructive talks have been held with Newcastle, with a basic agreement in place, though certain details need to be ironed out yet.

“We have had good and constructive talks with Newcastle United and have come to an agreement in principle,” said Schroeder. “There are still some important details to clarify, but we are confident that there will soon be a decision on a final transfer,” he added.

Yoshinori Muto of Japan goes past Alan Benitez of Paraguay during the international friendly match between Japan and Paraguay at Tivoli Stadion on June 12, 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria.

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