Newcastle United sign Japan worldwide Yoshinori Muto - Premier League 2016

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The 28-year-old arrives having a fantastic record of Championship goalscoring in recent times when he hit 23 in 32 appearances to inspire Newcastle United's promotion charge in 2016/17.

Following a victory over Chelsea on the last day of the season last campaign, supporters were in ecstasy. The clubs have swapped strikers on a one year loan basis.

A tempestuous pre-season at St James' Park has worsened with the squad refusing to undertake contractual TV obligations as they make a stand over incentivised payments from their club.

But the owner is very good at spoiling the party.

He suggested that the club's board had let him and his players down in the transfer market this summer, and also claimed that the club would be heading for a relegation battle if they failed to bring in significant reinforcements before Thursday's deadline.

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Newcastle's squad have withdrawn co-operation with the media as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season, Sky sources understand. Even the players at Newcastle are unhappy with Ashley's antics.

"When I chose to stay here it was because it was a project. Things are not going well off the pitch and you can see a reflection of that on the pitch".

"Then I will fight until the end".

Venezuelan worldwide Rondon may not be the most prolific striker, hitting just 24 goals in 108 Premier League games for the Baggies, but he has the physicality and work rate Benitez is looking for.

"He, together with Yoshinori Muto, will give us different options, and will improve the competition between the strikers, which is always positive for the team".