Norwich City look to complete Jonas Gutierrez transfer deal with the Newcastle midfielder in Norwich for talks

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez is poised to become Norwich City's first January window signing. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez is poised to become Norwich City's first January window signing. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Monday, January 13, 2014
6:02 AM

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is poised to become the Canaries’ first January transfer window signing, with the Argentine having travelled to Norwich to complete a potential deal.

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The 30-year-old indicated over the weekend he will leave St James’ Park on his personal Twitter account and the experienced midfielder is expected to link up with former boss Chris Hughton over the coming days. Championship promotion hopefuls QPR have also been linked with Gutierrez but City appear in pole position with one report surfacing on Sunday night of a £3m deal. Hughton confirmed after his side’s 2-0 defeat at Everton that City’s depleted midfield was something he must address after a season blighted by injuries.

“We are working hard to make sure that, before this window finishes, we have the right players and the right squad to be able to compete,” said Hughton. “We’ve had injuries – it’s not something we’ve gone on about because we’ve just tended to get on with it – but you will always miss the likes of Jonny Howson and Anthony Pilkington. We have a couple coming back shortly and that will help us.”

Gutierrez was a key figure in Hughton’s Newcastle squad that stormed to the Championship title but the popular midfielder revealed on Saturday his days with the Magpies are numbered.

He tweeted: “Thanks for the messages. I enjoyed my five years at the club, It was an honour and a pleasure to play with the Newcastle shirt.”

Hughton again reiterated Wes Hoolahan remains part of his plans after the Irishman was an unused substitute at Everton following intense speculation regarding a possible January transfer window exit to Aston Villa.

“There has been lots of speculation but I don’t respond to speculation, I respond to facts and the facts are he is a Norwich City player and very much part of our squad,” said Hughton. “He is a Norwich City player who was in my thoughts to play in this game and he is a strong part of the squad.”

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34 comments

  • I seem to remember similar comments being made about Elmander, but I hope you are right Powers1902.

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    la barbe

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I agree DT. The players we have are good, the way in which they are being managed is not.

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    Powers1902

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I keep seeing the odd comments referencing Howson as superior to Wes Hoolahan? There not even similar players except when it comes to being short. Wes is a luxury player but important player when it comes to certain games. He is the 1 player we have that can unlock a defence where as Howson is a central midfielder who can play in a more advanced role. Not anything like Wes though, he wont twist and a turn away from a marker and slot a ball through for our strike force who get nothing created for them. Howsons role is elsewhere. In our placing we cannot be fixed to "this is our best xi and we play it what ever"....we have the players to play differently depending who were playing. At least thats how it should be if we had someone with the first clue how to use them.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • This will be a good acquisition. Gutierrez has a superb engine, he is a true box to box player with a physical presence who does more than his fair share of tracking back. Hughton signed this guy from Spain when he was at Newcastle, so he knows exactly what he is getting. Not a prolific goal scorer but will address our usual problem of running out of steam in the last 10 mins.

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • K. Jones from Stoke, now when they went for J. Guidetti a player I would have seen in a Norwich shirt!. Then we need a centerback. Think Gutierrez is a god signing!!

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    Motala79

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • In fact, after a bit of research I have found he can also play right wing, and has played at right back for Argentina mostly. So there you have it, a talented utility man. Oh yeah, and....... "In 2010, World Footballer of the Year, Lionel Messi, lauded Gutiérrez as one of the finest players in the Premier League."

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    MancCanary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Dont know enough about the player to make a comment on how he will fit in for us but doesnt seem bad at 3 mill if true....only thing is Hughton will probably play him as a lone striker

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    Jimhow

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Compared to Wes the bloke is a donkey. Hope this is just a rumour because if true, Hughton has clearly lost the plot along with the fans who rate this player

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    viperman17

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The most important thing here is the length of his contract and how much we are paying him. No doubt introductory fees ,loyalty fees and bonuses will inflate that £3m figure. He may spend most of this time in the Championship. Is this an armchair ,cigar and free meal ticket deal or does he have any ambitions left ?

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Superb piece of cheap business to get such an experienced and committed player in. He has always worked his socks off up and down, backwards and forwards, covering, chasing, you name it and he's done it. Three million is chicken feed to keep in this division, financially cannot afford to go down.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I would rather have seen a decent centre back and target man coming in, just hope that is around the corner. Likewise, see ing the big fee being mentioned, I wonder if he will be prepared to play in the Championship next season because that is where I fear we are heading.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • It's easier to remember how to spell 'Jonas' than 'Gutierrez' eh Mattias (I copy & pasted that)!

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    Smudger75

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Lucioperca - Indeed. In fact, he could be an inspirational presence on the pitch. He certainly does play with a never say die attitude distinctly lacking with our other players. Hopefully he'll inspire through example, and maybe kick the others up the arse a bit. Potential caption material I think.

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    MancCanary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • You can really tell apart the fans who know a bit, and those who don't, from the comments here. viperman17 - Gutierrez is not a Wes replacement, they play in completely different positions so why make the comparison? For anyone who doesn't realise why we might sign him - he can play wide left, wing back, and has been good as a DM and even CM. So kind of a utility player, but probably one with more guile and technique than most of our current lot. Good signing if he's brave enough to join us.

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    MancCanary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Personally I think this is a great bit of business if we can get him in. Talented, bags of experience, will help motivate the team on the pitch - I'm excited about this! Hope it happens.

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    Powers1902

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • K. Jones from Stoke, now when they went for J. Guidetti a player I would have seen in a Norwich shirt!. Then we need a centerback. Think Gutierrez is a god signing!!

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    Motala79

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • If we get Gutierrez, and Wes really wants to go, I say let him. He's been a great servant but his time is coming to an end anyway - the recent Howson has been his superior already, in my view. This doesn't alter the fact that we need a new manager - in the summer, unless things get yet more dire.

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Whether it's down to Hughton, or someone else at Carrow Road, you can't really question the quality of players being signed. But you can seriously question the tactics those players are asked to follow. Hughton out.

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    DT

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • OK. Lets assume he signs but where will he play? He's a left winger - so will CH play him on the right and displace Snodgrass. Or, could it be that he may even play him in his natural position. If so, is it possible the earlier rumours about Pilks being on the move may be true - after all CH hasnt in the past favoured injury prone players.

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    zebbee

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Haven't seen enough of him to form a strong opinion but will canvas my mates who support Newcastle. Given how decisive McNally has appeared in the past, I cannot understand radio silence from the board regarding Hughton. For me, he has to go. Even if we manage to stay up this season, he will never make a top Premiership boss. My round trips from Brussels cost a packet and given what I've seen this season am reluctant to fork out more whilst he's still there. Saying that still fancy a trip to London tomorrow. I'd like to see Adams involved at some level and may be an option as caretaker.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I've said for a while that I firmly believe Pilks would be on his way. Good player, a player I personally like. Only problem is hes injured more than he isn't and that isnt over the top, its actually true. I also believe his social media rant regarding James Vaughan may have sealed his future away from NCFC. Saying "I've said it once and ill say it again James Vaughan should never have been sold" clearly wont have gone down well with Doom & Gloom Hughton & Calderwood. Regarding your point about Jonas, ive nothing against him and ive certainly not heard a bad word against him. Only negatives I could see if I really tried looking at it more than I can be bothered to is hes a LM who likes to cut in and isn't known for being the fastest. Sounds like a LM version of Snodgrass really and we all know the Premier Leagues better sides have figured out how to defend against him.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • He's obviously here to replace somebody MancCanary but he isn't technically good enough. His legs went 2 seasons ago Another cast off looking for a final pay packet. Hughton is taking the creativity out of the squad and turning us into Stoke. Play defensive and hope to hit on the counter

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    viperman17

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • la barbe - I hope so too! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • To be fair 'mad' everyone is short to me so im being harsh on (little) Johnny Howson. Just baffles me when people keep saying he plays the same role as Wes and further more is better at it than Wes. I assume Jonas would play at the expense of Redmond. Hughton did state at the start of the season that he would prefer to use Redmond in a reserved manor as he continues his progression....obviously injuries and shocking form has seen him play alot more games than the defensively minded Hughton would have wanted but in fairness Redmonds been one of the few shinning lights this season.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Oldtimer... if you'd had as many battles with Archant as I have... you will never win. Go private out of decency, go public out of annoyance, frustration or whatever. If you buy a printed newspaper in Norfolk it will almost certainly be produced by Archant. They even bought up the Norwich Advertiser. If you mention the word 'monopoly' it is categorically denied. You will never beat Archant. Trust me, I'm a Dingo Re Jonas: am just cacked off Hughton is allowed to sign anybody. We all know what that means:(

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Mattias, I wouldn`t say Jonny H is particularly short. Probably a shade under 6`, while Wessi is about 5`6". Otherwise, I agree with your assessment (as always!?). If Hoots is truly cross with Pilks `cos of his comments about Vaughan, then he is displaying a disturbing level of vindictiveness. Am I naive in saying this, but wouldn`t even mercenary, professional footballers prefer to play with a sense of fun and adventure? It`s not illegal, Chrissy. It only seems to take a season (or less) under this régime to see the joie de vivre drain from our players. Even the mischievous Holty became morose. God only knows what happened to the Enigma that was Butterfield - he started off morose and got moroser and moroserer (!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Well guessed and spotted Smudger75! I wasn't preparred for the spelling police to correct me on his 2nd name so just used Jonas! lol Last time I checked though he actually uses Jonas on his shirt doesn't he? What a nice guy making things simply for us lol! My Wolf wasnt so nice.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Brewer....I'm starting to feel morose too! Can't understand why we need to sign one of Pardews cast-offs; especially with Hools and Fox sitting on the bench - either one has the skill and experience to cause the opposition problems if given a chance.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I really don't see that it matters who is signed by this manager and coaching staff. EvenSuarez would struggle to add to his tally in a team set up with players on the wrong side strikers islolated subs given 5 or so minutes to make an impact. if we cant score more than one per game we just aren't going to get enough points to stay up. All the sides around us are finding the back of the net 3 4 even six times this is dreamland for our negative set up. We have two City legends with coaching badges who with Malky would at least have us attacking.If we were to lose in the cup tomorrow and fail to beat Hull how can the clowns stay? tTime is short games are running out and the window will slam shut in a couple of weeks. Surely the Board dare not fail to act or would they be happy to have local derbies again next season. Del boy used to say he who dares wins Chris doesn't though sadly

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • This is not the player we need. We need someone who can create chances, if you look at Jonas's stats for the last two seasons he is not that man. In 201213 he had 34 PL starts, 1 goal, 0 assists.

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    Wymondham Wonder

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • "wes is a player who is very much in my thoughts"....that won me #hughtonbingo via social media at the weekend. Would it hurt Chris to just passionate say something for a change "Wes is going NOwhere?" or "wes is vital"....no its always average almost like he couldnt care if he was here or not.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Viperman spot on. It is irrelevant who we sign until we get a change of management and coaching set up. Suarezwould struggle to add to his tally under our current negative,rigid and clueless regime.enough is enough, our only hope of survival is for the team to be properly set up with players on the right flanks positive use of subs and to play without fear. I am afraid this is a pipe dream unless a swift change is made. We have 2 City legends at the club who would make an excellent coaches instilling attacking ideas , Add Malkys solid skills and that could provide the perfect mix. How much longer must our agony go on if we were to lose at Fulham and in the crucial game on Saturday against Hull? Time is so short dare the Board let things drag on any longer?

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • zebbee, is suspect that Snodgrass has it in his contract that he must be played on the right wing? If we get Gutierrez, whats the chances of him being played 'on the wrong side,' as a defensive midfielder, or a central defender? With CH in charge, I suspect the chances of us getting an ambitious younger player are zero.

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    andy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Where do people see him fitting in? Is he going to playing at the expense of Redmond? Obviously good to strengthen the squad but I'm trying to work out what the gameplan is? Surely a centre back and someone else who can link up play through the middle is still vital? Recently the whole thing has left me scratching my head....

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    GossVolley

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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