Newcastle United could be about to encounter a problem with Yoshinori Muto when the summer transfer window opens.
The Japan international is on loan at Eibar in La Liga but a situation is emerging that might not be positive for the Magpies.
Muto has featured in 24 squads this season for the Spanish outfit. In all competitions he has found the net three times and registered two assists.
Recently he’s slipped out of contention, however, failing to make the matchday squad for over a month.
Newcastle paid almost £10 million for the striker back in 2018. He struggled to accustom himself to Premier League football, scoring once in 25 league outings.
The Magpies would of course consider selling him during the summer.
Muto, 28, earns £54,000-a-week at St James’ Park and they’d dearly love to get that wedge off the wage budget.
Furthermore, he is out of contract at the end of next season and it’ll probably be Newcastle’s last chance to get a decent fee for him.
Other suitors could come forward but after struggling for goals at Eibar they could be few and far between.
Both Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle will be out of contract during the summer. If both are allowed to leave, Newcastle could be left short in attack.
As a result, Steve Bruce will want to target some reinforcements and funds are likely to be required for that.
Muto’s sale would be a massive help in that sense and the hope will be he can rediscover some form and place himself in the shop window.
If he doesn’t, Newcastle could be lumbered with the 29-cap player for the final 12 months of his deal.