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Newcastle complete deal for Rondon as Gayle joins WBA

Rondon has joined Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle have completed the signing of West Brom striker Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan deal, with Dwight Gayle moving in the other direction as part of the agreement.

Rondon, 28, scored seven Premier League goals last season as the Baggies dropped out of the top-flight.

He will now link up with Rafael Benitez's Newcastle, with Gayle heading to the Hawthorns on loan for the campaign in return.

Venezuela international Rondon becomes Benitez's sixth summer recruit, following on from the signings of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar and Ki Sung-yeung.

Announcing the news on their official website, Newcastle's statement claimed Rondon was Benitez's "number one transfer target" this summer.

"I am delighted to sign Salomon," the Newcastle boss said.

"When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomon has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is."

Newcastle complete the signing of Japan striker Muto

Muto has moved to Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle have announced that Japan forward Yoshinori Muto has completed his move to the club from Mainz after being granted a work permit at a hearing on Thursday.

Muto, 26, who underwent a medical and agreed personal terms with the Magpies last week, has joined on a four-year deal.

I am very happy to be a player for Newcastle. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.

As the first Japanese Newcastle player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results - that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle's history.

– New Newcastle signing Yoshinori Muto speaking to the club's official website.

'Things are not going well off the pitch' - Benitez

Benitez is worried about Newcastle's transfer deals so far this summer,. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez declared himself "really worried" about the club's transfer dealings after the 4-0 friendly loss at Braga and said Magpies fans "have to be concerned."

The Tyneside outfit, who finished 10th in the Premier League last season, have so far this summer signed Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Schar on permanent deals and Chelsea's Kenedy on loan.

They have also agreed a deal with Mainz to sign Yoshinori Muto, subject to approval, with the Japan forward needing a work permit.

Following the loss in Portugal on Wednesday night, Benitez was quoted by the Chronicle as saying he was "really worried" about transfers.

And in his post-match press conference, he was quoted as saying: "It was a bad game. We did not do things the way we have to.

"Ten days before the start of the season now and this is a wake-up call. We have to realise we can't make these mistakes.

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

When asked what he was referring to in terms of "off the pitch", he said: "Everything."

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