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Jonas Gutierrez to Norwich City: Newcastle Loan Winger to Canaries

Jonas Gutierrez has struggled for minutes at Newcastle this season.
Jonas Gutierrez has struggled for minutes at Newcastle this season.Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 13, 2014

Norwich have completed the signing of Jonas Gutierrez on a loan deal from Newcastle until the end of the season.   

Gutierrez, 30, joins the Canaries after spending five full seasons at St James' Park and helping the club achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2009-10 as well as qualifying for the Europa League in 2011-12.

Norwich shared the news on Twitter:

This season, the Argentina international has made just two appearances for the club and is not a first-team regular for the first time during his spell in the North East, leading him to seek regular playing time.

He is reunited with Chris Hughton at Norwich, a man who managed him when Newcastle won the Championship title in 2010.

On the club's official website, Gutierrez spoke of his desire to help Norwich climb the Premier League table:

I’m happy to be here. It’s an opportunity for me to get back in the game and to try and do my best for the team.

Personally I want to do the right things on the pitch and win my place, and then for the team we want to finish as high as we can. It’s a tough league, all the games are difficult, but we have a good opportunity.

Gutierrez will add increased competition for places at Carrow Road, and Hughton will be hoping the skilful but hard-working winger will also add the creative spark needed to help the Canaries score more goals.

To date, they have scored just 17 goals in 21 games, despite the purchases of strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander in the summer.

Van Wolfswinkel, signed from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed feereported by BBC Sport to be £8.5 millionhas only scored once, while Elmander, a loan signing from Galatasaray, has not fared much better, scoring only twice.

Hooper, signed from Celtic for £5 million, has fared the best, scoring seven times in total, as per BBC Sport.

Wes Hoolahan has reportedly attracted interest from Aston Villa.
Wes Hoolahan has reportedly attracted interest from Aston Villa.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

The arrival of Gutierrez may allow Wes Hoolahan to complete a transfer to Aston Villa, where he will link up with former Canaries manager Paul Lambert.   

As per John Percy of the Telegraph, Norwich have been keen not to negotiate, although their stance may change now they have added to their own squad.

 

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