Newcastle complete signing of Japan global Yoshinori Muto

Newcastle complete signing of Japan global Yoshinori Muto

On this fine Saturday evening, as Europe basks in a heatwave, news has broken that Newcastle United might, finally, be close to a deal to bring the West Bromwich Albion striker, Salomon Rondon, to St James Park.

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez that he is playing a risky game by publicly criticising his clubs owner for his lack of backing in the transfer market.

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The Newcastle boss had earmarked Rondon as his prime target months ago - and even tried to offer Dwight Gayle as part of the deal to minimise the financial impact on the club. "I think we still need three or four players".

So far this summer Newcastle have sold Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad for £10mn, Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham for £22mn, Chancel Mbemba to Porto for £8mn and Matz Sels to Strasbourg for £3.5mn.

Muto, 26, is Newcastle's fourth permanent signing of the close season following goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and defender Fabian Schar. The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned.

Benitez is particularly frustrated at Newcastle's failure to meet Rondón's £16.5mn release clause but the striker is almost 29 and Ashley does not like signing players over 26 because he feels they become depreciating assets. We were following him for quite a while. "He was right last season - you had more than enough".

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