Yoshinori Muto is ‘ready’ to end his nightmare spell at St James’ Park this summer, according to The Chronicle.
Lee Ryder reports that the Japanese is eager to extend his stay in Spain with loan club Eibar, with Newcastle United also keen to cut their losses if the La Liga side are prepared to pay the club’s reduced asking price.
The 28-year-old is believed to have no future under Steve Bruce, making a summer exit beneficial for all parties – especially when his lucrative contract sees him earn a whopping £54,000 per week.
That said, The Chronicle report that Eibar will only pursue a deal for Muto if they stay up – something that’s hanging in the balance given they are currently third bottom and two points adrift from safety.
Muto has just three goals and two assists in 24 appearances for the La Liga side this season, being a bit-part player who often appears from the bench, so it seems we’ll have to accept a small percentage of the £9.5m fee paid if we wish to move him on for good this summer.
Hopefully both clubs survive and he secures a permanent move to Spain in a few months time. After all, an unhappy player with no future shouldn’t be paid £54,000 to do nothing but train – no matter what league we find ourselves in next season.