The Magpies have all but signed striker Yoshinori Muto - who starred at the World Cup this summer - which is subject to the Japan global obtaining a work permit, according to the club's Twitter - but he needs another forward to link-up with in order to bring the best out of him.
Muto arrived in the Bundesliga from FC Tokyo in the summer of 2015.
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The transfer fee is expected to be 9.5 million pounds (US$12.45 million) according to British media reports.
"An agreement has been formalised between the Magpies and Muto's current club, FSV Mainz 05, and the player has undergone a medical and agreed personal terms".
This past season, his third with Mainz in Germany's top league, Muto scored eight goals in 27 games. He has scored 20 goals in 66 games for Mainz.
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Newcastle finished 10th in the Premier League last season.
He also has two goals in 25 worldwide appearances for Japan, and started their World Cup match against Poland.
The club has been busy this week, having also signed Switzerland defender Fabian Schar on a three-year deal on Thursday.
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