Paul Robinson claimed that Steve Bruce may allow Newcastle United attacker Yoshinori Muto to exit the club in the near future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Leeds United goalkeeper shared that the Magpies boss could afford to let Muto leave based on his other attacking options.

It was recently reported that the Japanese forward was keen to quit the Magpies in January over a lack of first-team football.

Robinson revealed that he believes if Muto wants to go and Bruce is happy to let him move on, then it could be a deal that suited everybody.

When asked whether Bruce can afford to let Muto leave Newcastle, Robinson told Football Insider: “Something will have to give.

“If a player isn’t being used or is around the squad then he is going to want to move especially if he is not getting game time.

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“Bruce can probably afford to let him go, looking at what he has got.

“I think Bruce will shuffle his pack and if he wants to go and the manager wants him to go then it could be a deal that suits everybody.”

Muto has only featured for the Magpies five times this season in the Premier League, with the 27-year-old forward only playing 101 minutes of league action across his appearances.

The Japan international arrived at St James’ Park in August 2018 after the Magpies signed him from German side FSV Mainz 05.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent claimed Bruce has a dilemma when it comes to utilising a Magpies attacker.