Toon lose Gutierrez for West Brom game

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been ruled out of the clash

with West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

The 27-year-old picked up a minor knock in last Sunday’s 2-2

Premier League draw at Chelsea and will not be risked by manager

Alan Pardew as the Magpies attempt to end an already creditable

campaign with a victory which could propel them into the top

10.

Gutierrez started in a supporting role to lone striker Shola

Ameobi last weekend, with youngster Shane Ferguson occupying the

Argentinian’s more accustomed berth wide on the left.

And with Northern Irishman Ferguson having shaken off an ankle

injury, he is likely to get another chance in the South American’s

absence.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “Unfortunately, Jonas is out

of Sunday, but Shane Ferguson will be fit, so we do have a few

options.”

Gutierrez has fared much better in the top flight this time

around than he did in his first campaign in English football, but

has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this summer.

He has repeatedly insisted he is happy at St James’ Park, but it

remains to be seen what the future holds for him.

Pardew has already started drawing up his plans for a summer

recruitment drive amid speculation that he will battle it out with

a series of Premier League rivals for the signature of Wigan

midfielder Charles N’Zogbia.

The Magpies attempted to prise the Frenchman, who left Tyneside

for the Latics in February 2009, on the final day of the winter

transfer window after accepting Liverpool’s £35million bid for

Andy Carroll.

They were unsuccessful on that occasion, but have continued to

be impressed by N’Zogbia’s form, which has been pivotal in giving

his current employers a chance of avoiding relegation heading into

Sunday’s final round of fixtures.

But Newcastle would not be alone – Sunderland boss Steve Bruce,

who took the winger to the DW Stadium, is also a long-term admirer,

while N’Zogbia has also been linked with the likes of Juventus,

Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham.

While giving nothing away as to the identity of his targets,

Pardew is confident he will add quality to his squad.

He said: “I would like to add the offensive players we need at

this level – the kind of players who can get bums off seats.

“We are competing with Champions League clubs to get them, but

hopefully we will get one or two in, and keep the basis of the

squad we have got here.”