According to The Chronicle, Yoshinori Muto should be officially announced as a Newcastle United player in the ‘next few days’ – claiming he may even make his debut in our final pre-season friendly against Augsburg on Saturday.
The club announced that a £9.5m deal had been agreed with Mainz last Friday, however any official announcement has been delayed until he has his work permit permit granted.
This was never expected to be a problem (despite us still awaiting pictures of him holding up the black and white shirt!) and Lee Ryder has today admitted that the 26-year old Japanese international looks set to become a Newcastle player by the end of the week.
Here’s The Chronicle’s update on his pending announcement today – with them suggesting that he *might* play a part in Saturday’s final pre-season friendly of the summer at St James’ Park:
‘Newcastle United hope to have Yoshinori Muto on board as their new striker by the end of the week.
‘The club are expecting a decision in the next few days as they wait for the relevant paperwork, which in this case is an FA Governing Body Endorsement.
‘He now awaits his work permit and his case to be granted it will be heard by an FA Exceptions Panel.
‘Muto could be in contention for his debut against Augsburg but Rafa Benitez will make an assessment on his fitness levels when United return from Portugal after their clash with SC Braga.’
It was never really in doubt, but with just over eight days left of the transfer window and frustrations boiling over amongst NUFC fans, it’s good to hear that this one will be wrapped up in the coming days.
Hopefully we get to see a glimpse of him in action against Augsburg on Saturday!
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