Newcastle's Gutierrez makes loan move to Norwich

Jan 14, 2014, 12:40 IST | AFP

Premier League strugglers Norwich signed Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on loan from Newcastle for the rest of the season on Monday.

The 30-year-old -- capped 22 times -- will link-up once again with Norwich manager Chris Hughton, who was in charge at St James' Park between June 2009 and December 2010

Hughton has brought in Gutierrez to bolster a Norwich team looking to pull clear of the relegation zone, with the Canaries in 15th place but only two points ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff.

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Gutierrez. Pic/ AFP

Hughton feels Gutierrez's Premier League experience can benefit his squad in the fight to secure top-flight survival.

"Jonas is somebody that will certainly bring experience - he has played close to 200 games for Newcastle, so he knows the Premier League very well," Hughton told Norwich's website.

"He has been in England for five years, so there won't be that settling in period that you would have with some other players, and that is 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."

Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in 2008 and has made 195 appearances for the club.

He had figured only twice this season, starting the 4-0 defeat by Manchester City on the opening weekend of the campaign and then coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 Premier League victory at Cardiff on October 5.

After his spell of inactivity on Tyneside, Gutierrez hopes he can make an instant impact at Carrow Road.

"It is an opportunity for me to get back in the game and to try and do my best for the team," he said.

"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 is a tough league, all the games are difficult, but we have a good opportunity."

Gutierrez appeared to call time on his five-year career with Newcastle over the weekend by telling his Twitter followers: "It was an honour and a pleasure to play with the Newcastle shirt and to have the support of the Geordies."

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