Norwich City were close to signing creative midfielder from a ‘huge’ club during January transfer window

Jonas Gutierrez was one of the players Norwich City managed to sign during the January transfer window, the Argentine winger joining on loan from Newcastle United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Jonas Gutierrez was one of the players Norwich City managed to sign during the January transfer window, the Argentine winger joining on loan from Newcastle United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Norwich City hopes of bringing in an attacking midfielder from a “huge” club were dashed in the January transfer window.

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The Canaries recruited Jonas Gutierrez and Joseph Yobo on short-term loan deals but David McNally revealed yesterday they had also targeted a creative midfielder on loan in a bid to address City’s chronic goal output.

“We were very close to bringing in a creative midfielder,” he said. “We were in the market for a number 10 or someone to play just off a striker and we were very close to taking someone on loan from a huge club. What it needed was for one of their targets to come in and then it would have happened, until the end of the season. It would have made a huge difference in that area but the good news is Jon [Howson] is close to being back with us after injury and he is someone we have missed who has played in that part of the pitch and we have missed him. Of course Wes [Hoolahan] is also back in the fold so we have two players now available that were not at the start of January, although Jonny might take a while fitness-wise to get fully up to speed.”

Hughton believes both Gutierrez and Yobo’s experience will prove vital over the rest of the season.

“Those two were crucial reinforcements,” he said. “Joseph has played 95 times for Nigeria and Jonas 22 times for Argentina and bringing them in on a short-term basis, knowing the character of these men is first class, was better for us than investing in a four-year contract on someone of less quality. That was the judgment we made.

“Having been in the game many years now, January is about short-term measures to ensure the squad is complemented rather than a wholesale re-shaping of the staff. ”

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21 comments

  • For once our transfers didn't get Messi then!!!!

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Do you guys think this story got from the page to the website quickly? Technology is in reverse at Archant by the looks of things. ...

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Wasn't CH telling us Wes was still very much part of the squad and available for selection all through January? Or were we simply looking at a replacement because his 'head wasn't right'?

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    Smudger75

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • He is not a nice man. He has shown himself to arrogant and vindictive as well as inadequate.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • TonyfromThailand; I see no particular reason to believe Hughton is particularly `nice`. Certainly bland, glib and superficially polite to the media. He`s just as likely to be a play-it-safe time server, intent on rocking no boats. A bank clerk type. (No offence, all you exciting bank clerks in the Snake Pit).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Close to signing no 10? Why keep Wes if we don't use him? Have needed a Fox or Hoolahan badly all year they create. Nice guy CH but we want results not niceness

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    TonyfromThailand

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Don't worry Brew, I'm just coming my hair, then I'll put my boots on

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Are you stalking me, Don Giovanni? You seem to be directing unprompted comments my way, mostly non sequiturs. I hope you not one of those S\O Dementers of yesteryear. At least you can`t be BPBP in disguise since you have need of a com(b). TK, since Gutierrez joined in January and the season ends in May, he`ll be doing less than 5 months service this season. Is the club then giving him a paid holiday prior to his returning for just a month of our Championship season? Seems odd. Could you tell me more? Where`s pubmandave when you need him?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Such a shame Jonas Gutierrez has now gone out injured for a few games that is for sure. I think we already have enough players for the so called hole role, the problem for me is that we do not have a striker capable of playing the loan target man role. We purchased two old style No 10's in Hooper and RVW during the summer but neither look totally comfortable with the formation being played. Elmander should have been able to do that job and if the salary being mentioned is anywhere near correct he has been a complete waste on money I fear.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Close to signing no 10? Why keep Wes if we don't use him? Have needed a Fox or Hoolahan badly all year they create. Nice guy CH but we want results not niceness

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    TonyfromThailand

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I believe this is a quote that originated with Hughton and the "Huge" club could well be Stevenage such is the extent of Hughton's ambition.

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • I wonder who the player would have been. Either way we didnt get him because his club didnt get there target which suggests hes either out of favour or a youngster. Either way he'd have likely been 8ft tall, can't pass, has a wooden leg, 1 eye & was 65 years old last birthday and of course be about as fitting a player for what we need as a couple of our other signings. Ah well.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • brew.you left out one of my favourites.jonny gavin.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Brew, I had read the sum was £50k per week and given he will be with us for around 9 months that seems to work out to be your quoted £1.8 million, a sum most of us will struggle to earn in a 50 year working life. I just wonder who decided he was the man we needed and what the penalty for failure is. From what McNally stated with regard to wages, it would seem that the loan players are paid far more than the contracted players we own.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Sorry, TK - I was getting Salamander and Gutierrez juxtaposed. My bad. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Close to signing no 10? Why keep Wes if we don't use him? Have needed a Fox or Hoolahan badly all year they create. Nice guy CH but we want results not niceness

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    TonyfromThailand

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Close to signing no 10? Why keep Wes if we don't use him? Have needed a Fox or Hoolahan badly all year they create. Nice guy CH but we want results not niceness

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    TonyfromThailand

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Was it really £1.8m, TK? That`s a figure I`ve heard bandied about. That would work out at around £80k a week for his tenure. OMFG. Bring back Bill Punton, Tommy Bryceland, Mal Lucas, Kevin Keelan, Dave Stringer, Duncan Forbes, Barry Butler, Kenny Foggo, Fred Sharpe, Gerry Mannion, Gordon Bolland .. and players who once did training and physio for young and old amateurs purely for their love of the game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Sorry, combing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • BP2, are you, in reality, Mozart`s libretticist, Lorenzo da Punton? Juan, Don, you can tell me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Really, someone leaves a bit of pasta on his plate and some goon decides to make an opera out of it, next it'll be does anyone recognise the locations in Montelbano

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

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