Newcastle United are reportedly ready to sanction the permanent exit of forgotten ma Yoshinori muto.
According to a report from the Chronicle, the Magpies would be more than satisfied to receive a cash offer for the transfer of the Japan international.
Muto is currently on loan with Spanish outfit Eibar, after failing to impress in his first season at St. James’ Park.
The 28-year-old was signed on the watch of Rafa Benitez following a good showing at the 2018 World Cup, and expectations were high over a player known for his high work rate.
But Muto made 18 appearances in 2018/19, and just 10 the season after.
His transfer has proven extremely disappointing, and now Newcastle are eyeing his exit.
His contract with Newcastle expires in the summer of 2022 according to Transfermarkt, and Magpies officials want to sell.
Muto – who takes home around £54,000-a-week – is said to enjoy the lifestyle in Eibar and would be open to turning his move permanent.
He originally cost around £10 million to sign, but the club should expect to take a big hit.
Newcastle recruitment exposed again
Muto’s transfer to Newcastle is just another example of the poor recruitment at the club.
Some will argue he’s never truly had a proper chance at the club.
Maybe that’s true, but Bruce and Benitez playing him so little could also suggest he just fell short of expectation.
There was also a claim recently from Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards that Newcastle realised early doors that his signing was actually a mistake.