Newcastle Move Back In For This Accomplished Playmaker


We thought that when Fulham asked £20M for their central midfielder Tom Cairney that would be it,  but the local papers today are saying Rafa Benitez is keen to sign the creative playmaker and that the fee is £8M – and that’s a lot less than £20M.

Times reporter George Caulkin had tweeted yesterday that Newcastle were quoted £20M for the player earlier this month and that was the end of that – but that may not be the case.

Tom Cairney – 25 year-old Fulham midfielder

This is what George tweeted yesterday:

But both the Chronicle and Northern Echo are reporting today that Fulham want £8M for a player who cost them just £4M when he signed on from Blackburn in the summer of 2015.

So Fulham would get the chance to double their money on their player in less than two years and maybe Newcastle could go even go higher if Rafa is really keen on the player.

Certainly Newcastle must get in a creative playmaker to augment what Jonjo Shelvey offers us,  with nobody in the squad able to fill in for him during his suspension.

And with Cheick Tiote possibly leaving Newcastle for Spain this month, after trying to leave the club for at least the last two years, that will open up a central midfielder slot in the Newcastle squad.

Both  Sporting Gijon and Leganes are interested in signing Cheick this month before his contract at Newcastle runs out at the end of June.

Cairney has a Scottish father and English mother and he was born in Nottingham and has been in really good form for Fulham this season.

Certainly Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic doesn’t want to lose him and he said this about his player earlier this month:

“Tom Cairney is so important to us.” “He makes us tick and he shows he can do damage to teams.”

“I’m going to guarantee he’s going to stay with us.”

Tom has scored 5 goals in 25 appearances for Fulham this season and they are currently 10th in the Championship table on 36 points.

For even £10M it would seem that Tom would be a good signing for us, especially when you think he can help us get promoted and we’ll be back in the big money of the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Bl00dy bus just ran over me, I’d better overload the NHS A&E even more.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Bill

    May need to take your own bed aswell lol

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  • martoon

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    On the subject of Jib I’m pretty sure he was on yesterday so he’s only been ‘AWOL’ for one day – could well have been dragged to the shops by his missus or he travels to Spain quite often – I’m sure he’ll turn up soon.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Shirebrook

    No question that he has ability and as you say Rafa has possibly decided to use some of what he already has.

    On a slightly different note, it Looks like the Toon has had a bit of a blasting, looking at the news. Hope it’s calmed down by Saturday although snow might be heading that way.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems a more reasonable price not sure how true it is though

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Martoon

    Yes the dreaded missus wanting to shop syndrome, I expect most of us have suffered from that. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Shirebrook, comment 2 🙂

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  • hibbit

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    i put it on here yesterday the london press were quoting 8/10 m which is far more realistic price for Cairney

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill, that’s the last three buses on the trot I missed. Last comment three times running. That’s happened more times than I can even remember. Not going to bother with the Repost, it’s overleaf. Just as well I’m not paranoid, because there’s a guy fixing something up the road and he keeps saying Bobbybee must die, over and over. (it is in morse code like, but he ain’t fooling me) 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby
    On Jail he’s had troubles posting before mate so am sure he’s fine

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Bobby

    Just don’t start playing your Vinyl backwards. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    If that price for Cairney is right, then he might be worth a punt, whereas twenty mil was ridiculous and never going to happen. Rafa often goes for players other managers miss, because he has a specific role in mind for them. This only shows how professional he is I suppose.
    As said earlier, I hope Sammy gets a final chance to show his worth. He’s brought him back because he obviously couldn’t get the winger he was after and must see Sammy as a decent alternative. If he could only be more consistent he really could be a player. Maybe his time at Bolton has given him the regular games he needed to get it together. So much potential spoiled by being brilliant one game and going missing the next. One thing for certain, if he plays to his best then he can definitely do a job for us in the Championship. Going past players like a ghost is something he has always had the ability to do. I did wonder why Rafa let Roberts go out on loan when we needed a winger, but maybe he’s been impressed enough by Sammy to take a gamble on him. When he’s good, he is an exciting player to watch.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Think this cairney story is just paper talk on a boring transfer news day….unless he’s told fulham he wants to leave…but not sure it’ll happen myself…transfers are looking tight for newcastle at the minute.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    It seems Rafa is looking for Championdhip players that he thinks will make the step up next season. It’s always a bit of a gamble but probably makes more sense than paying 22m for the likes of Schneiderlin who hasn’t played for ages.

    I don’t like the idea of signing Everton rejects Cleverley and McCarthy.
    They have proved to be not good enough in the PL.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #15

    If it’s only 8 million we should be paying that all day long.
    I’d be surprised if it was though.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    WWSBRD, I certainly hope you’re right mate. I think both offer plenty to the blog, although I’m not sure too many get Jib’s sense of humour at times. Sometimes I chuckle away whilst others slate him. Sometimes though others think I’m having a dig when I’m just having a laugh, so it’s horses for courses. He can take it as well as give it, but I can see why sometimes people think he goes too far. A lot like to give it though, but hate it when they say something others laugh at and instead of taking it as it was meant, they take it personally. I’ve had some nasties thrown at me, but would never dream of making a complaint – I just give it straight back. 🙂 Everybody’s different though and I accept that. I would miss both though, no doubt about it. I might be in the minority there but that’s never bothered me in the past. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast, even ten would be a decent price imo. He certainly helps make Fulham tick, which is why I can’t see them wanting to sell him. I don’t think they need the money sadly, but I suppose his head might be turned by the thought of playing under Rafa in front of 52k crowds? Other clubs might say the crowd doesn’t matter, but I beg to differ on that. A full SJP is a sight to behold.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Bobby
    I think the blog loses nothing from Jeff’s absence but each to their own mate

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed should publish a list of the folk he bans with a short description of the “offence” – bit like a list at the Magistrates Court. Would stop any speculation.

    I think Jib Jibberish will probably just be busy and cannot afford the time to be on the blog and left face it nothing much is happening on the football front that has not already been discussed.
    I think he’s probably preparing his lectures and marking his students exam papers -after all he is a lecturer in Modern European History and also in Psychology -as he reported on here some time ago.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    left face = let’s face

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Martoon

    It may have passed you by but Jib’s been a naughty poster recently. His keying fingers seemed to have developed a nasty mind of their own!

    So, maybe he’s taking a sabbatical, allowing him to consider the error of his fingers’ ways and detox them!

    Essex

    So you’re back to missing Ed’s buses again? You’ll need to be on your toes or you’ll be left standing like a tin o milk – or poor little Annie Cum Canny, bless her.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #22

    WWSBRD, exactly mate. Like I say, that’s what makes the blog what it is. Be a strange world if everybody got on. A lot nicer, but definitely strange. Let’s face it mate, we’re a world ruled by psychopaths, yet we keep voting them in. (Not that any decent choice is ever on offer, but they are all nut jobs). I find Jib more funny than offensive and people bite far too easily, which naturally urges him on. Just don’t take him seriously is my advice. In fact, don’t take anybody seriously, you have no idea who you’re talking to really. I might, even be a Martian…
    No, like ye say, each to their own, but I would definitely never fall out with anybody because of who they like or dislike. Or take sides even when you know you’re on the wrong side. 🙂 Much better to be as close to yourself as ye can be and let live and let die. Football’s the only thing that really matters on here and the one thing we can all agree on – we all want promotion. There ye go, how can anyone argue with that? 🙂 Oh no, here comes TOF to prove me wrong ha ha ha!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib last seen 9/1/16 at 16:40 hours. He may have been medicated. Sorry, moderated. 🙂

    I think jail may have accidentally lost his phone overboard while attempting to swat a seagull.

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Mr Tuff

    You must be of an age where you remember the old fashioned ways of the local shops. Debtors’ names went into the shop window. It didn’t half help in getting debts cleared!

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobby

    Sorry, i didn’t read your missing the Ed buses post properly. I’d taken it as being from Essex who had a spell of doing said same – hence I’d addressed my comment to him *rolls eyes*.

    So, for ‘Essex’ read ‘Berb’ in that instance. 😐

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Lesh, sounds like a sure fire way of getting ye window put through. As I recall many families struggled and understood hardship. They were a lot more community minded as well – watched each others backs.
    Has anybody actually been barred from the blog before? Only been on a couple of years but can’t recall anybody being blocked in that time.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Bobby
    Hey I’ve no issue with differing opinion I just quickly tire of those who can’t debate like adults or try their hardest to remove the topic from football, it’s not what I come on here for

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    ‘Rafa Benitez is keen to sign the creative playmaker and that the fee is £8M – and that’s a lot less than £20M.’

    Brilliant Ed, IBM’s loss is most certainly the NUFCblog’s gain!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh, oh how easy it is to get confused on this blog eh? 🙂

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    In fact the insight displayed is almost Keeganesque.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #31

    I heard Jail Jib and Welsh where all the same person.

    Just a rumour mind.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Would never reveal my sources usually but Tsunki told me.

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Tuff, Martoon et al

    I have it on good authority (GCHQ, North Shields Unit), that Jib’s doing a little job for Trump who the Russians are said to have some dirt on.

    Trump had heard about Jib’s Googling skill and being the worlds best, Jib’s been tasked with hacking The Kremlin’s IT systems to see if there’s anything in it about the US President Elect (heaven forefend)

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Berb

    Aye, when the whole world’s against you, it’s very easy to get confused on here – especially when the whole world sees to be against one.

    Signed #Donald Trump

    😀

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Couldn’t agree more mate. Why I gave it a rest for a while. Won’t go into details for obvious reasons, but hopefully anything said in 2016 can bet left where it is. New year. New start. Newcastle. Hope we can all just enjoy promotion and all the ups and Downs that brings. Let me wish everybody a belated happy and friendly 2017.

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  • mad-serb

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobby

    Have to agree with you and for me I just read what is of interest for me and what not I just skip. I still play the odd competitive computer game online in my late 30´s with my mates of similar age and these days the things that is said in chat or over the mic by kids that are no older than 14 is far more hair raising, than what has been said one here. Maybe that why I don’t get to bothered by insult thrown around of a lesser nature, but we all have our own opinions.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobbybee – I didn’t take the person you’re talking about (I’m not saying it’s name) seriously until he said a word that has absolutely no place on a football blog. I was going to report him to Ed but figured it would be a waste of my time. If he had of apologised right away I would have given him the benefit of the doubt, but he had to be asked to say sorry, and even after that he blamed others for forcing him into using the word. He then said he thought it was weird that I’d ‘suddenly developed a sibling with Downs’ and that I was probably making it up to get him into more trouble. And people are seriously missing this person? The mind boggles…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Couple of year back a right scumbag got banned by Ed – racist, homophobic -slagged off Newcastle’s Irish folk – thug as well – threatening to beat folk up. Really nasty bit of work.
    Erm he was erm -aye Jeff from Benwell – re -appeared within days as that nice poster called Jib/Jane. He’s only slightly racist, slightly homophobic, slightly xenophobic and only occasionally uses derogatory language in respect of the disabled.

    Much better bloke to get on with – clearly learnt his lessons – good bloke to have on the blog.

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Bobby

    My mother used to have a little shop in Byker in the mid-fifties, early sixties and she was well aware of and supportivd of the closeness within those working class communities. She didn’t resort to naming and shaming but sadly, those communities did have their share of criminals and ne’erdowells. She was stung and suffered a few burglaries to the shop.

    Happy days eh

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Personally I’ve been really enjoying the focus being on football these past few days and look forward to reading more. I know people are saying the transfer window has been boring so far, but it nearly always gets a bit more exciting towards the end. I can’t wait to see who Rafa is able to get into a Toon shirt for the second half of the season. The squad needs another little shake up and the absence of one or two players because of suspension or AFCON has given Rafa a better idea of where we need to get some cover.

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