Newcastle United have annouced the signing of Japan forward Yoshinori Muto, 26, from Mainz in a £10million deal after he was granted international clearance to work in England.
The Premiership club announced the arrival of their first ever Japanese player on Thursday afternoon via their Twitter page.
‘We are delighted to announce that Japan international Yoshinori Muto has completed a move to Newcastle United after he was granted a work permit at a hearing today.’
After completing his deal and passing his medical, Muto said: ‘I am very happy to be a player for Newcastle United. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.
‘As the first Japanese Newcastle United player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results – that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle’s history.’
Speaking upon his arrival, manager Rafa Benitez said: ‘I am really pleased to have Yoshinori Muto with us. We were following him for quite a while.
Hopefully, he can bring us his energy and work-rate and help the team to improve and be better for the new season.’