In an interview with Spanish news outlet AS, Eibar’s Sporting Director Fran Garagarza has revealed that Newcastle caved in during negotiations over the transfer of Yoshinori Muto.

Garagarza said: ‘Newcastle told us, either you reach some figures or Muto does not come out. We told them that it was impossible. A week later the Japanese forward arrived on loan to Eibar in the figures that we initially told them. We are satisfied.’

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The Spanish side eventually secured the Japan international on a season-long loan deal, after the former Mainz striker struggled for action at St James’ Park.

Following his £9.5 million arrival from the Bundesliga in 2018, the 28-year-old has scored just two goals in 28 appearances for Newcastle.

The arrival of Callum Wilson shoved him even further down the pecking order, hence Steve Bruce’s decision to offload him in the window. The likes of Andy Carroll and Joelinton are also ahead of the Setagaya-born striker, so it was best for him to get game time elsewhere.


It makes sense to get Muto off the wage bill, given he was surplus to requirements.

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However, the way in which Garagarza says we handled negations is fairly worrying, if true.

To make a demand to an interested club, only to come back a week later and agree to their initial offer shows a weak negotiating ability.

Let’s just hope for the sake of our future transfer dealings that Eibar’s Sporting Director is attempting to portray himself in a better light than what was actually the case.

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