Monday 13 January 2014
Norwich City have announced the signing of Newcastle United and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on loan until 30 June 2014.
Gutierrez, 30, is Norwich’s first signing of the January transfer window and his reunited with Norwich manager Chris Hughton, under whom he was a part of Newcastle's Championship-winning squad in the 2010/11 season.
Having started his career in his home country with Velez Sarsfield, Gutierrez joined Newcastle on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Spanish club Real Mallorca in July 2008.
He scored six goals in 140 Barclays Premier League matches for Newcastle, but only two of those appearances have come this season so the Argentinian is looking forward to a new chapter in his career.
“I’m happy to be here,” Gutierrez told Norwich’s website. “It’s an opportunity for me to get back in the game, and to try and do my best for the team.
“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 is available for Norwich's Barclays Premier League match at home to Hull City on Saturday and Hughton hinted that the new arrival could be thrown into action immediately.
“He’s been in England for five years, so there won’t be that settling in period that you would have with some other players,” the Norwich manager said. “That’s important, particularly in January when you need players that can go straight into the squad.
“Jonas can play on either flank and in a central position, so he’s a very welcome addition and we look forward to working with him.”
To hear more from Gutierrez and Hughton on the signing, click here.