The Newcastle Chronicle is reporting that returning wide-midfield man Jonas Gutierrez is a loan target for Championship play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Argentine international is back in action after successful treatment for testicular cancer. He has figured in a number of reserve games for the Magpies, and is now looking to up the ante in his recovery with the aid of a loan spell in the Championship.
It is understood that Wednesday had scouts at his 90-minute reserve run-out in a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers with the purposes of casting an eye over Gutierrez.
Due to be out of contract in the summer of 2015 he is said to be eager for a loan move to help to catch the eye of other clubs prior to becoming a free agent. Wednesday can offer him regular outings in the Championship as they push for a top-six finish in the second-tier.
Gutierrez if signed, will offer Wednesday plenty of competition for places in the wide midfield role as they focus on the upper echelons of the league table.
It’s said that Wednesday will be back to watch him at next week’s reserve Cup game against Blackburn Rovers, and if he impresses then they may make an offer to take him on loan, and give him the first team action he craves to get back into top shape and form.
It the completion for places that has driven Wednesday into play-off competition and that form that helped many Wednesday players such as Keiran Westwood and Tom Lees become wanted men.
The interest has also rubbed off on former loan star Royston Drenthe, who helped the Owls in the important months of November and December. He appears to heading out of the exit door at Reading and not on his way to Hillsborough as many Wednesday fans wanted, instead opting for a move to China.