The Mirror is reporting that Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been given £25M to spend by the Aston Villa owner Tony Xia in January and one of his targets is Tom Cairney of Fulham, who Newcastle are also interested in signing.
It seems that Villa are close to tying up a deal for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury and it’s not known if they get that deal competed – whether they would still want Cairney.
Tom Cairney – Fulham playmaker
Cairney is said to be rated at around £10M by Fulham and when Bruce was the Hull City manager from 2012-2016 Tom was there for the first two years, so he will know the player well.
Villa made a poor start in the Championship, but under Steve Bruce they are doing a lot better, although they are still in 12th place and 17 points behind Newcastle who are currently second top to Brighton with 52 points.
It therefore seems there will some additional competition if Rafa Benitez is really keen on bringing in Cairney – the 25 year-old playmaker – who has been in great form for Fulham this season.
Tom has played 67 times for Fulham with 13 goals since signing on for them in the summer of 2015 from Blackburn Rovers for £4M.