NORWICH City are close to signing Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez.
The 30-year-old Argentinian is understood to be in talks with Norwich, managed by former Magpies boss Chris Hughton.
Hughton is keen to strengthen his relegation-threatened team in this month’s transfer window, and he believes Gutierrez can bring experience and energy to the Carrow Road club’s midfield.
Gutierrez has made just two Premier League appearances for Newcastle so far this season, his last coming as a substitute in early October.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have turned down a bid from an unnamed Qatari club for striker Papiss Cisse, who has found league starts hard to come by this season. Cisse came off the bench in yesterday’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
H Director of football Joe Kinnear has warned Newcastle fans the club may not bring in any new players this month.
Writing in his programme notes yesterday, Kinnear said: “Given the business we did last January and with the addition of Loic (Remy) in the summer, it is our belief that we now have a squad that ... is stronger than we had in the season we finished fifth, and should enable the manager to deal with every reasonable eventuality.
“For obvious reasons, in January 2013 we did significant business, but this year we can afford to take a more calculated and considered approach – if the right player becomes available for the right price and we are sure he can improve on what we have in the squad, then we may do business.
“If not, then we won’t. That’s how it should be. We will not be rushed or forced into making knee-jerk decisions, which experience tells us more often than not turn out to be costly mistakes.”
Indeed, Kinnear revealed that Newcastle’s intention is to limit signings to “one or two” a year as they attempt to build upon the pool of players they already have.