Newcastle look to seal £9million move for Japan striker Yoshinori Muto while Fabian Schar is due for medical on Wednesday ahead of £3.5m transfer
- Talks are ongoing for Yoshinori Muto, who impressed during the World Cup
- Newcastle hope to reach an agreement for an initial £9million fee with Mainz
- Rafa Benitez has been pushing for reinforcements since joining Newcastle
- Defender Fabian Schar is due for his Newcastle medical on Wednesday
Simon Jones for MailOnline
Newcastle United are pressing ahead with a move for Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto.
Talks are advancing for the 26-year-old, who impressed during the World Cup and Newcastle hope to reach an agreement for an initial £9million fee with his club Mainz.
Rafa Benitez has been pushing for reinforcements and believes progress is also being made on a potential loan swap deal involving West Brom’s Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle.
Newcastle are targeting a £9million move for Japan star and Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto
Albion are extending Rondon’s contract by a year to protect their asset and a permanent option will be discussed at the end of the season.
Newcastle, who have sold Chancel Mbemba to Porto and are offloading goalkeeper Matz Sels to Strasbourg as reported in Sportsmail, are closing in on a £3.5m move for Fabian Schar.
The Deportivo La Coruna defender is due for a medical at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Switzerland defender Fabian Schar is due for his medical at Newcastle on Wednesday
Fulham have made an offer fro Aleksandr Mitrovic but the clubs are understood to be still around £2m apart on their respective valuations.
Following Newcastle 2-2 draw with Hull City on Tuesday, Benitez was quizzed on incomings and said: ‘That is a question for Lee Charnley.
‘Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so. It needs additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do.’
Rafa Benitez is eager for reinforcements at Newcastle ahead of the Premier League season