Rafa’s First Potential Early Summer Signing Identified


The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle first signing this summer will likely be Fulham’s creative midfielder Tom Cairney and as soon as we are promoted Newcastle will lodge a bid for the once capped Scottish International.

Tom is rated at around £10M and Fulham would probably jump at the chance to get that kind of money to reinforce their squad for next season.

However with four wins in a row and a 4-1 hammering of Huddersfield at John Smith’s Stadium last Saturday Fulham have to be the play-off favorites to get that 3rd playoff spot.

Fulham’s creative midfielder Tom Cairney

Rafa Benitez is a big fan of the play-maker and apparently had Newcastle scouts watching that game yesterday.

Certainly Tom did himself no harm with a terrific display at St. James Park when the Cottagers took us apart 3-1 last month.

Rafa will have checked out the players he wants and will have identified those that will be first choice for the summer – and as soon as we are promoted Managing Director Lee Charnley will move quickly.

Charnley will again we a key man for Newcastle this summer as he goes out and does the deals for the players Rafa wants brought in.

The fact we have had a dip in results has delayed when that can happen, but hopefully Newcastle can start doing that on Tuesday if we beat Preston and secure promotion.

It wouldn’t surprise us if he has already been sounded out if he would be interested in joining Newcastle and it would only take Rafa to talk to him about his ambitious plans for Newcastle and we would expect the lad to sign up.

Fulham will not want to lose Cairney if they do get promoted but even in that case joining Rafa’s revolution and playing for a world-class manager is a chance he will not want to give up.

Central midfielder is an area we have been weak in this season, with only Jonjo Shelvey able to effectively operate in that creative position.

Tom was born in Nottingham and started his career at Leeds United Youth Academy before joining Hull City  back in 2007.

Six years later he joined Blackburn Rovers in 2013 where he stayed for just a couple of years before joining Fulham.

Tom has played for the Scotland U19 and U21 youth sides and he picked up his first senior cap in the last International break for Scotland – with his father being Scottish.

In his career so far he has played 261 games with 35 goals and 45 assists.

He would be a great signing for just £10M and Rafa must know he can bring out the best in the 26 year-old.

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46 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #1

    It only seems like yesterday when we were linked with Charlie Austin.
    How time flies

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Well the Leeds game drew a blank as well

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah but if Cairney gets promoted with Fulham then we’re suddenly looking at huge numbers which cannot be justified.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we haven’t heard of half the players we sign. I’d like to see us actually get who rafa wants though.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Some might say I’m a rock n roll star that definitely maybe likes cigarettes and alcohol and always been told don’t look back in anger because after all I am their wonderwall.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #6

    If its true we did put an enquiry in january then fully expect us to move for him soon, likewise with Callum Wilson when SSN said we were interested

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #7

    And finally Ipswich where another blank was drawn, so in all those games we only had four different winners, I’ll add them all to the scoreboard tomorrow.

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  • shakerxxoo

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #8

    There is still a risk
    He is not proven in the EPL

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  • toon22

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #9

    It depends on what kind of Scot he is,if hes the type who wants to go home were perfect.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 23, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon22
    We Scots always want to gae hame – it’s the lure of the haggis

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 23, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Thanks, Jail.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Any Oasis fans on here.

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  • dem

    Apr 23, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Goufrann
    Murphy

    3-0

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  • GloucesterGeordie

    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa bingo:

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Goufran
    Mitro

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin—–Lascelles—–Clark—–Dummet

    Shelvey—–Hayden

    Ritchie—–Diame—–Gouffran

    Mitrovic

    3-0 Toon win

    HWTL

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  • nufc 11

    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Really like the look of TC, pleased were targeting British players that know the ly of the land already no more revire s, saviets or cabellas please, did anyone notice how well Charlie Daniels played yesterday cracking signing he’d make along with Shane long, Shawcross, and Bojan

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin—–Lascelles—–Clark—–Dummet

    Shelvey—–Hayden

    Ritchie—–Perez—–Gouffran

    Mitrovic

    4-1 Toon win

    HWTL! Promotion here we come! (Oh and extra points for predicting the correct score too) 🙂

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Darlow

    Yedlin/Anita/Gamez—–Lascelles/Mbemba—–Clark—–Lazaar/Gamez/Anita

    Shelvey—–Hayden

    Ritchie—–Perez—–Gayle

    Mitrovic

    That’s the 11 I have championed all season, although I acknowledge both Gouffran’s and Dummett’s very solid contributions.

    Some players have underperformed, others I think have been under utilised, some restriction due to injury, and while we have done the job effectively, and for that we get top marks, it seems to me undeniable that we had the squad to win it, and to win it well and to fail to is a bit of a disappointment, although not one that’s overly hard to live with.

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  • expatmag

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Jimmy…

    Seems to me you cant count…..11?

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Droll expat. Any 11 from that group to be precise then.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa made eleven signings last summer and reckons 70% were a success. So go simplfy things lets just say that three didn’t work out. The two obvious ones are Sels and Lazaar. Not sure if the third would be Gamez or Diame, imo it would be Diame as I think Gamez was bought purely as cover and two out of Dummet, Yedlin and Anita have always been fit. So that’s my three.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #22

    well here we go so looking forward to tonight’s game 3 points and promotion job done
    i don’t care how we do it just need it done tonight lets have a party
    can we still catch brighton
    good luck toon army

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #23

    hibbit,
    Bristol still need a point to be technically safe and are on a great run of form, there’s an outside chance they might drop points, just the simple matter of winning all ours.

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  • magscar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Looks like I will be up there tonight 🙂

    Win and job done.

    Take it to Friday night and win again then little pressure on Brighton for their Saturday game. Doesn’t really matter title won’t be lost this week but was instead at likes of Wolves, Blackburn Bristol City at home and Blackburn Forest and Ipswich away. Going up will consign all this to history and we move forward

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  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #25

    magscar
    it was the two blackburn games for me
    and a lot of very poor refs

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  • martoon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m on holiday for the Barnsley game so I’m really hoping/expecting us to do the business tonight – but this is NUFC we are talking about…………

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  • magscar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Hibbit

    Yeah those 2 games were really poor. Some of the worst memories I will take from season will be the appalling refereeing and Channel 5 coverage. Won’t complain about PL refs or MOTD again – well until end of August anyway 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I think we will get the points we need tonight, but i dont think we will win the title even if it is still possible. what i would like is for us to win at Cardiff and set a new championship record for away wins, even though we hold that record of 13 already

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  • magscar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Catchy

    Yeah surprising how often teams reach the brink of breaking a record and blow it. Missed 2 opportunities at Sheffield Wed and Ipswich but Cardiff could be it. Not as important as going up but would be nice. Can’t help but think of Brighton at Norwich after they secured promotion then slipped up next game.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #30

    its going to be nice if we get promoted tonight in front of our own fans and on sky hope we put on a show
    but really don’t care as long as we get the 3 points

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #31

    magscar

    happens every time dosnt it. but you know they say 3rd times a charm 😉

    Felt a little sorry for Stockdale on friday, 2 own goals like that,

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  • magscar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Catchy

    Still haven’t caught them but it will be a record he didn’t want 😉

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  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #33

    catchy in norway

    brighton have carried a lot of luck this season it had to turn some time and friday was it

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  • magscar

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit

    we need a Leeds performance but no slip up. Crowd and flags were at their best that night. Leeds fans provided the counterpoint which I doubt Preston can manage but we shouldn’t need it.

    Stage set let’s not fluff our lines on Sky

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  • martoon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Just reading a preview of the game on the BBC – some interesting facts:
    Preston North End are without defenders Tom Clarke and Greg Cunningham after they were ruled out with long-term injuries for the rest of the season.
    Newcastle have won each of their last five league games against Preston; their longest winning run against the Lilywhites
    Preston are winless in five league visits to face Newcastle, losing four of those clashes (D1).

    So there should be no problem! 🙂

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  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Watching Lpool v CP on SS2
    It got me thinking what a shame it is that Hippoheid is such a greedy man.
    He is just what the National team needed.
    Someone who is great at winning one-off games.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Rafa bingo
    ——————-darlow——————-
    Anita—lascelles–clark—dummet
    ———–hayden—-shelvey———–
    Ritchie———-perez————–atsu
    ———————mitro——————–
    4-1 toon

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #38

    martoon,
    You booked a holiday on the last day of the season 😮

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  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #39

    a href=”http://football-formation.com/lineup/58926/formation.png”>Nailed On

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  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #40

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