In what amounted to the first solid rumor or report regarding Newcastle United and the January transfer window Jonas Gutierrez had been strongly linked with a move away from St. James' Park despite Alan Pardew denying that the Argentine had been frozen out. Although it was rumored that the move could be a permanent one for a fee of around £3m, the move (at least initially) is a loan until the end of the current Premier League campaign. Reuniting with former Magpies boss Chris Hughton will likely have been a massive draw to a player that has been unseated by Yoan Gouffran on the left of Alan Pardew's formation - but this song ostensibly dedicated to him by Norwich City's owner may just have tipped the scale:
With reports swirling that an appearance-related contract extension clause desperately being avoided by Newcastle brass, this move may signal the beginning of the end of Jonas' Newcastle United career. If it does, there will be a time and place for fond memories for a player that has been a tremendous servant of the club and a great player - even if his more recent performances had dropped off a level. In the meantime, most of the Toon Army wish you good fortune, Spiderman.