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Yoshinori Muto set to return to Newcastle

Yoshinori Muto is returning to Newcastle United.

According to The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle are yet to find any takers for expensive backup striker Muto.

It means that the £9.6million signing from summer 2018 has left the Magpies with another big decision with Steve Bruce believing the striker wasn’t good enough for a squad place last season.

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Bruce inherited a squad that not only contained Muto but also big earners such as Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Christian Atsu but around £6million a season has been cleared off the wage bill this summer.

The Japan international could arguably nudge up a place to fourth-choice striker if Andy Carroll does not take up the offer of a one-year deal.

But any hopes of recouping a fee and striking Muto off the wage bill were dealt a blow when Spanish club Eibar – who loaned him last term – were relegated from La Liga.

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