Reading have announced the signing of midfielder Danny Guthrie on a three-year deal.

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Guthrie, who was a free agent after leaving Newcastle United at the end of last season, passed his medical with Reading on Friday and will formally complete the move on Sunday.

Royals chairman Sir John Madejski said: "I would like to welcome Danny to Reading and wish him every success here.''

Guthrie, 25, found first team openings hard to come by at Newcastle last season following a pre-season knee injury and the arrival of Cheick Tiote.

He told his new club's official website: "It feels brilliant to have signed, it is a great honour and I am very excited. As soon as I met the manager and Nick Hammond my mind was made up, it was a no-brainer.

"Reading Football Club is a fantastic family club, well run and I'm so excited to be part of something special for this club.''

Director of football Hammond said: "Danny is a player we have admired for a long time and we have been aware of him since he first broke into the Premier League at Bolton.

"He has great experience at this level, most recently for a massive club in Newcastle playing in front of big crowds on a regular basis.

"He is a good age, but still has a lot more to come with the best years of his career ahead of him.''

Manager Brian McDermott added: "We're delighted Danny has signed for us. He brings good experience at a good age, he has real ability to pass the ball, he's got energy and he is what Reading is all about, a hungry player.

"We're looking to add players who we think will be good for us over a number of years, not just next season, adding to the players who have already done fantastically well for us.''