Guthrie talks up Simpson

Midfielder happy to recommend ex-team-mate to Royals boss

Danny Simpson: Has the backing of former team-mate Guthrie

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Danny Guthrie is prepared to give former Newcastle team-mate Danny Simpson a glowing recommendation if Brian McDermott decides to swoop for him at Reading.

Guthrie recently joined the Royals on a free transfer after his contract at St James' Park expired, penning a three-year deal with the Premier League new-boys.

Ex-colleague Simpson has also been linked with a move to the Madejski Stadium after talks over a new contract on Tyneside broke down.

The right-back has a year remaining on his current deal but could be sold on by the Toon this summer.

Should Reading decide to make a move for Simpson, Guthrie insists he would happily recommend the 25-year-old.

He told The Sun: "If I was asked for my thoughts I'd tell him how good Danny is and how he always gives his best for the team."