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Reading fan buys replica shirt then sues after club sells player

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, 13 year old Jon McGhee took legal action after Reading sold his favourite player, Gylfi Sigurdsson to German side Hoffenheim for an estimated £7 million last August. Just a couple of months previously, McGhee had spent £42 on a Reading shirt with Sigurdsson's name on the back.

The youngsters father, James, visited the club shop in a bid to get a refund for the shirt, but Reading refused.

The pair subsequently took the matter to their local county court in Middlesbrough.

Reading eventually settled the matter out of court, paying £72 to cover a full refund and legal costs.

James McGhee said: "For anybody else in the same position, this just shows it is well worth pursuing."

However, Reading spokesperson Craig Mortimer, explained why the club agreed to settle the case.

"We only settled because the hearing was right up in Middlesbrough," Mortimer said.

"For the time and effort, it was far more logical to settle."

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