Newcastle United are poised to complete the signing of FSV Mainz 05 striker Yoshinori Muto, according to The Guardian.

The paper reports that the two clubs have agreed a fee – believed to be in the region of £9.5 million – and the player is preparing to discuss personal terms with the Magpies and undergo a medical.

The Japan international started his country’s 1-0 defeat to Poland during the World Cup in Russia and has a total of 25 caps.

Muto began his career with FC Tokyo, for whom he scored 26 goals in 60 appearances.

Following his move to Germany with Mainz, the 26-year-old found the net 23 times in 71 matches in all competitions.

Manager Rafa Benitez has been working all summer to reinforce his squad ahead of the 2018/19 season and his efforts seem to be paying off.

Although he has admitted he has not always been able to secure his first choice targets, he is making progress.

Muto’s expected arrival follows hot on the heels of the signing of Swiss defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna.

Earlier this month, midfielder Sung-yong Ki arrived from Swansea City and Chelsea winger Kenedy has agreed to another spell on loan with the club.

And the Magpies converted their loan deal for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka into a permanent one.

But it was upfront that Benitez wanted to boost his squad with Aleksandr Mitrovic expected to be on his way out of the club.

That would leave only the inexperienced Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney as back-up to Dwight Gayle and Joselu.

Signing proven goalscorer Muto goes some way to addressing this area of the squad and Newcastle fans will be keen to see how he handles the move from the Bundesliga to the English game.

He would also become the first Japanese player to join the Magpies.


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