Jonas Gutierrez has backed Newcastle United's move for Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini.

"I have played with him for Argentina and against him when I was at Real Mallorca and he played for Depor," he told the Evening Chronicle.

"He is respected in Argentina and in La Liga.

"He's a very good player and now it's good that he is to become a Newcastle player.

"I will be happy to be on his side now and not playing against him as he is one of the toughest opponents I have faced."