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Rafa’s First Potential Early Summer Signing Identified

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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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