Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

A day earlier, Benitez expressed displeasure with his club's summer activity when was not pleased with the Magpies' performance in a thrashing at Portuguese club Braga.

As Adam Armstrong prepares to leave St James' Park, the further departure of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham has left Rafael Benitez urgently needing to add forwards before the start of the season.

The tweet immediately went down very badly with Newcastle fans, with many taking the time to vent their fury at the 61-year-old. "We were following him for quite a while", Benitez said.

Newcastle have already signed Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz and are still in the market for a striker, with Rondon believed to be a top target.

Muto, 26, is Newcastle's fourth permanent signing of the close season following goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and defender Fabian Schar.

"Hopefully, he can bring us his energy and work rate and help the team to improve and be better for the new season".

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"Everyone knows that we can't compete against Man City or Man United, but we can do things in the right way".

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez that he is playing a unsafe game by publicly criticising his clubs owner for his lack of backing in the transfer market. We were poor and we made too many mistakes.

"Things are not going well off the pitch and you can see a reflection of that on the pitch".

Benitez claimed he wanted three or four more players.

United begin their Premier League campaign August 11 with a home fixture against Tottenham.

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