Manchester United are ‘closing in’ on a deal to bring Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto to the club, according to Steve Bates of The Sunday People.

The 23-year-old Mainz striker has scored seven goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season, and according to the report by Bates, there is a bid on the table from United, but it has yet to be accepted.

Muto only arrived in Germany in May 2015 for an undisclosed fee from F.C Tokyo, but could be on the move after just half a season at Mainz, as Man United have reportedly seen enough from him to try and bring him to Old Trafford.

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The striker, who is also adept at playing on the left or as a number ten, has 18 caps for Japan so far in his young career, and has scored two international goals.

With Louis van Gaal facing major criticism for his team’s style of play this season, bringing in an attacking youngster could be one way to ease the pressure that the fans seem to be putting on him.