Newcastle United have confirmed this evening that the club have now completed the signing of Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto – subject to him receiving his work permit.
The transfer fee is believed to be £9.5m, with the club also confirming in the statement that the player has now agreed personal terms and passed his medical ahead of his move (as confirmed by The Chronicle this afternoon).
Here’s the statement on NUFC.co.uk:
Newcastle United can confirm that Japan international forward Yoshinori Muto has been on Tyneside today ahead of a proposed move to the club.
An agreement has been formalised between the Magpies and Muto’s current club, FSV Mainz 05, and the player has undergone a medical and agreed personal terms.
The transfer is now subject to the player being issued with a Governing Body Endorsement which will be determined at a hearing to take place later next week.
?? Muto move agreed subject to Governing Body Endorsement (work permit).
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 27, 2018
It sounds like a work permit is a matter of when and not if – so no need to panic on that front – with it being confirmed below that he looks certain to get it due to the sizeable fee we are paying for his services.
Newcastle confirm that Yoshinori Muto has passed a medical and agreed personal terms, now subject to work-permit hearing – but the fact they are paying nearly £10m, will mean he gets it.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) July 27, 2018
Let’s hope the permit is granted as soon as possible so he can link up with the first team ASAP.
Welcome to NUFC, Yoshi!
Yoshinori Muto – Welcome to Newcastle pic.twitter.com/pgZXOPwgQK
— j (@jbxnufc) July 26, 2018