Rafa Benitez reveals why Newcastle signed Yoshinori Muto after confirming Aleksandar Mitrovic's Fulham move
Newcastle United have signed the striker in a £9million deal, though the move from Mainz is subject to a work permit.
Benitez spoke about the Japan international's qualities after last night's 0-0 draw against Porto at the Estadio do Dragao.
“Muto's done, but it’s just waiting for the work permit," said United manager Benitez.
"He played in the World Cup in a good team. He has done well in the Bundesliga, so we're talking about a striker that's doing well in the last few years at international level.
“He has quality and can bring us energy and good movement plus the intensity you need. I don’t see any problem with him.”
News of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's proposed £20million move to Fulham broke before the Porto game.
"I think he has an agreement with Fulham, and I wish him all the best," said Benitez. "Hopefully, he can score a lot of goals, but not against us.
“But it’s something we were expecting, and it’s now a case of looking to see if we can bring someone else to replace him.”
Mitrovic had spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage.