NORWICH City are close to signing long-serving Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez.
Gutierrez revealed over the weekend he was set to leave the club.
And the 30-year-old is understood to be in talks with Norwich, managed by former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.
Hughton is keen to strengthen his relegation-threatened team in this month’s transfer window, and he believes Gutierrez, a key figure at United during his tenure at the club, can bring experience and energy to Carrow Road’s midfield.
Gutierrez has made just Premier League two appearances for Newcastle so far this season, his last coming as a substitute in early October.
And the former Argentina international is ready to reluctantly leave the club he joined in 2008 from Real Mallorca.
United won’t stand in his way, and the move could be completed early this week.
Gutierrez – who is under contract at St James’s Park for another 18 months – told supporters it had been “an honour” to represent the club on social networking site Twitter on Saturday.
In response to a question from a fan, he tweeted: “It was an honour and a pleasure to play with the newcastle shirt and to have the support of the Geordie.”
Gutierrez made a second post wishing his team-mates good luck after being inundated with messages from supporters.
He tweeted: “thanks for the messages. I enjoy my 5 years at the club, I hope the club finish the highest this season and the best to my team mates.”
Gutierrez has made 195 appearances, and scored 11 goals, for Newcastle.
Meanwhile, United have turned down a bid from an unnamed Qatari club for striker Papiss Demba 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.