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:
Told that Newcastle enquired about Fulham’s Tom Cairney before the window opened and were quoted £20m – & that was the end of that. #NUFC
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 10, 2017
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?