Newcastle United News Round-Up - De Jong Warning, Back In For Douglas , Guthrie Lands At Reading

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Steven McClaren has warned Newcastle United they will have to pay 'stupid money' to sign leading transfer target Luuk de Jong.

The Northern Echo has reported that a senior Magpies delegation featuring managing director Derek Llambias and secretary Lee Charnley travelled to Holland yesterday to meet officials at FC Twente.

The Magpies' initial bid of around £6.5m was rejected earlier this month, with Twente understood to be valuing de Jong, a Dutch international who was part of Bert van Marwijk's squad at the European Championships, at closer to 15m Euros.

In the meantime, Chroniclelive reports that Newcastle are also prepared to re-enter the race to sign FC Twente's Brazillian star Douglas.

The centre-back has found himself in hot water with the Dutch outfit after failing to report for pre-season training – and has subsequently been fined by McClaren.

Finally, BBC Sport reports that Premier League newcomers Reading have signed midfielder Danny Guthrie following the expiry of his contract at Newcastle United.

Guthrie, 25, has signed a three-year contract with the Royals, and joins Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak among Brian McDermott's summer signings.

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