Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has confirmed to Chronicle Live that Yoshinori Muto will join Eibar on loan before the transfer window closes.
The Japanese international wasn’t included in Bruce’s team as Newcastle defeated Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup last night.
Signed for £9 million in the summer of 2018 (BBC), Muto has failed to make the grade in the Premier League and will now join the La Liga outfit.
The 28-year-old hasn’t enjoyed a time to remember at St James’ Park and allowing him to leave looks like a good move for all parties.
In 28 outings for the Magpies, he has scored just two goals and has struggled to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.
Bruce suggested that Muto was on the verge of leaving after last night’s victory.
He told Chronicle Live: “I believe Muto has travelled to Spain with a view to a loan deal; so we hope that he can go and complete that and go and get some football.
“He hasn’t really played a lot and with the additions we have brought in this year, we think it’s best for him to go and play and enjoy his football.”
Newcastle have added Callum Wilson to their forward ranks this summer, pushing Muto further down the pecking order.
In truth, he’s never looked like cutting it in the Premier League and a move does look for the best.
The beauty of allowing him to go on loan is that it should at least get some of his wages off the books.
Muto is paid £54,000-a-week at St James’ Park and Eibar will likely foot some of that to take him on loan.
The man with 29 Japan caps enjoyed a decent time of things in the Bundesliga with Mainz and he could have a similar impact in Spain.