Norwich City chief Chris Hughton confirms Canaries are closing on Jonas Gutierrez deal

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he wants to sign Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez. Picture PA Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he wants to sign Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez. Picture PA

Monday, January 13, 2014
1:52 PM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton confirmed on Monday lunchtime the club are in advanced talks with Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez over a proposed move from the Magpies.

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The 30-year-old is in Norwich to finalise a deal but Hughton stopped short of confirming Gutierrez is poised to undergo a medical after agreeing terms on a proposed transfer switch. Hughton worked with Gutierrez during his stint in the north-east and the City boss insists the Argentine international would be a useful addition.

“All I can tell you is there is an interest in Jonas. He is someone I know very well from my time at Newcastle but at this moment there is nothing else to report on that. I can confirm an interest,” he said. “We are hopeful something will come of that. I can’t confirm he is having a medical, I can confirm we are interested. He is somebody who has played in the Premier League and been here for five years now. Kevin Keegan signed him I think. I arrived there in the February and he came in the summer (of 2008).

“He has a great worth ethic and can play in predominantly two positions although he has been used right across midfield. He is a good individual, very much a team player, a hard worker. He is a flexible player that can operate in a few positions.”

Gutierrez appeared to indicate his time was over at St James’ Park after saying his farewells on his personal Twitter account over the weekend. Hughton did confirm the midfielder would not be eligible for Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Fulham if the club can finalise a deal.

“If he has said his goodbyes to Newcastle that is down to him,” said Hughton. “He certainly wouldn’t be involved at Fulham because I think he would have had to be involved in the first game. He is a player of experience and he is an Argentine international who has played nearly 200 games now here in England so he brings experience and quality.”

31 comments

  • Agreed .... rumours of Pilks departure have been circulating since last january. Wes is more a 'top of the diamond' player and his place is not under threat from Jonas who is fundamentally a flanker who can fill in at left back.

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • haven't we been here before, taking ageing cast-offs from NUFC? 10 goals in 163 appearances - obviously he's not intended to be the solution to our lack of goals - of can he hold and pass the ball? Is there anyone out there who can hold and pass the ball????

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Didn't he say his dream was to play in the championship, dreams do come true then.

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    Townman

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I want Hughton to succeed because he is a decent guy, trying to do a decent job in a decent way. We need to be careful what we wish for - many clubs our size have tried to get too big too quick (just remind me where Bolton, Charlton, Leeds and Pompey are these days). Gutierrez is a decent acquisition who fits mould for Hughton. Pros: Strong on the ball, bags of Prem and International experience, retains peossession, phenomenal engine, tracks back and seems to remain injury free. Cons: lacks pace, can be a bit predictable cutting inside onto his right foot and he doesn't have a great scoring record. he is teh obvious replacement for Pilks who is probably on his way out of the club (Swansea the latest rumoured to be sniffing). Although Pilks has a phenomenal shot on him, he is injured far too often and never seems to have been 100% since that ankle injury at Huddersfield.

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Jonas Gutierrez is a utility man - he is able to play almost anywhere on the pitch. So he is not coming in as a replacement for Wes, or at least I hope he isn't! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • @Algarvecanary.50 grand a week to play football.Crazy.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Another overwieght Furriner to sling whem Ch goes

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    richard grout

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • What a total waste of time, effort and money.

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    A fine city

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Frankly it wouldn't matter if we signed Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Djecko, Villa and Aguero. Until we get rid of the totally incompetent management and coaching staff, we will continue to make class players look very ordinary. Whoever comes to this club is on a downward spiral to relegation. That in turn means we will lose what are essentially good (internationals in several cases) players thanks to Hughton and his ridiculous tactics, his inability to manage a schoolboy side let alone a Premiership team. I for one, will never forgive him for ruining evrything that Lambert and Culverhouse achieved. He and his muppets have successfully destroyed our good footballing skills, our fighting spirit and any hopes that we can stay up short of a miracle (or getting rid of the waste of space that they are). I love this club, have followed them from the Third Diviion South to the heady heights of Europe and through everything else that we have endured, good and poor. What I won't do is waste any more money on a season ticket or away travel until the board sees ense and GET RID

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    oldtimer

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Agree CH seems a decent guy but that is irrelevant. He might be trying to do a decent job but he is not succeeding. He shouldve been sacked before it was too late. Now it is too late. Probably.

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    Cecil

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Last night I suggested Archant conduct a poll of city fans to see how badly we crave a change of anagement and coaching The situation really is that serious especially if we fail to beat Hull. The current dire situation has made me think of Simon and Garfunkel songs. Carrow road BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER,The Board SOUND OF SILENCE and Mr Hughton KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED NOT!!!!!!! Any more ideas?

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • A last desperate throw of the dice by Chris Hughton? The unasked questions are his salary requirements...rumoured to be £50K a week!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The disappointing part of the story is the headline Norwich City Chief Chris Hughton!!

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    Ian Farrow

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Last night I suggested Archant conduct a poll of city fans to see how badly we crave a change of anagement and coaching The situation really is that serious especially if we fail to beat Hull. The current dire situation has made me think of Simon and Garfunkel songs. Carrow road BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER,The Board SOUND OF SILENCE and Mr Hughton KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED NOT!!!!!!! Any more ideas?

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • On the front of it, ultimately i'll always welcome any player of quality to the club. I can see the pro's and con's of the deal but as far as the players concerned im giving the lad a chance. Certainly not going to slaughter the lad before hes even pulled on the yellow & green jersey. Con's - Mainly is a left winger who likes to cut in (a pet hate of mine) and isn't exactly blessed with pace. At 30 years old he isn't a long term signing. Pro's are he is an experienced international who before the french revolution at NUFC was a regular at international level. Hes versatile and has over the course of his NUFC career played a huge variety of positions to a decent level. He will hopefully push other players like Redmond, Snodgrass, pilks etc for a starting place. Competition either brings the best out of players or they move onto new clubs if they are not up to the battle. I think we'd all be alot more excited if he was coming in and we didn't have a certain Mr Hughton in charge, as like with alot of things hes leaving a rather sour, depressing taste in most peoples mouths now and its effecting there opinion on other matters.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Seems nearly everything has been said.IMO fresh blood is always a good thing if they are an improvement over any player we already have. There are still two weeks left before the window closes so plenty of time to make further loans or signings. We have been short of players all season and have had to draft in Academy players to suppliment the team, we haven't been able to rotate the squad like big teams because we just have no strength in depth. As for the tw*ts who say they will not renew their Season Ticket, who cares? There is a waiting list of 2000,deeeer!

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    goldie

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I have been a supporter and season ticket holder for 57 years. I will not renew next year. Mercenaries taking home their wages, with no thought of the shirt. I will not include, Russell Martin, or Wes Hoolahan, why go and see the same movie, which you didn't like the first time. Norwich City, like many others have sold out to the Premier League millions. I don't blame them, it is a business,but wht happened to passion, and entertainment? It died with Paul Lambert.

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    Tim Claxton

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Last night I suggested Archant conduct a poll of city fans to see how badly we crave a change of anagement and coaching The situation really is that serious especially if we fail to beat Hull. The current dire situation has made me think of Simon and Garfunkel songs. Carrow road BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER,The Board SOUND OF SILENCE and Mr Hughton KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED NOT!!!!!!! Any more ideas?

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • ONE THING FOR CERTAIN-----HUGHTON IS GOING NOWHERE.

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    superfan59

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • From that POV hes solved our last of wide players concern. Whether hes a shinning light or just good competitong (or a waste of money) I dont know. Obviously there is other areas more vital to be improved but that does not mean the 1st move we make this window will be one of those positions. This deal maybe is more straight forward. who knows.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Lawks-a-mercy, another Newcastle reject. Another grave-digger. Yes, folks we're headed for the Championship graveyard alright. With no hope for an early resurrection.

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    Cecil

    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.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • We should never be wasting big money on players over 30 as they tend not to have any residual sell on value. I fear this guy is simply seeing us as a final big pay day to end his career. We already have enough wide midfielders but desperately require a target man, ball winning midfielder and a centre back.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I have been a supporter and season ticket holder for 57 years. I will not renew next year. Mercenaries taking home their wages, with no thought of the shirt. I will not include, Russell Martin, or Wes Hoolahan, why go and see the same movie, which you didn't like the first time. Norwich City, like many others have sold out to the Premier League millions. I don't blame them, it is a business,but wht happened to passion, and entertainment? It died with Paul Lambert.

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    Tim Claxton

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • It doesn't mean anything for Wes. This guy's primarily a left-winger, where we've pretty much only had Redmond to call on of late due to Pilkington's injury.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Hmm, it would appear that Archant don't like hearing it like it is. Four attempts now without any abuse or swearing, they won't let it go to print. Sadly, I am so depressed by this whole sorry Hughton and his equally inept muppets sage, that this will be the last time in over fifty years when I won't even contemplte renewing my season ticket till Hughton is gone

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    oldtimer

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I'm more worried about what this means for Wes? We already have more midfielders than any other position and I'm not alone in saying another CB or even a striker who can put chances away? I wouldn't trade Wes for this guy any day of the week...

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    danpez

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I think the exit door is opening for one of our midfielders - probably Pilkington or maybe Wes. Bennett is out of contract at the end of the season too and I don't see many people rushing to get him signed up like we have with Bassong, Ruddy and Howson.

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    richard1

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Tim Claxton, I couldn't have possibly put it any better myself. I'm not quite as long-serving, being 19 years old and having a season ticket for 11 seasons. But I am of the exact same viewpoint, we no longer have an ethos or a spirit, nothing in our matches that makes me unable to wait a week for the next one. Perhaps it's because the standard and expectation has risen so much of late, but the entertainment and atmosphere is non-existent. As things stand right now I really don't want to watch us become every other club which signs has-beens, falls to the championship and then thinks "this year will be the year we get promoted." Just to end up midtable. I don't want to go just out of routine. The only reason I loved the Lambert era is because we were at times unconventional, we differed from the norm and always played at 100 miles an hour. I don't expect that to happen again for many a decade.

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    Willem

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I think the concern with this story is that the board are letting Hughton spend 3M on a player, which means they are likely sticking with CH. To me that means Championship next season, even though I really hope I am proved wrong on both.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Last night I suggested Archant conduct a poll of city fans to see how badly we crave a change of anagement and coaching The situation really is that serious especially if we fail to beat Hull. The current dire situation has made me think of Simon and Garfunkel songs. Carrow road BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER,The Board SOUND OF SILENCE and Mr Hughton KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED NOT!!!!!!! Any more ideas?

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    Mawther07

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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