Rafa Benitez is very keen to bring Fulham’s 26 year-old Tom Cairney to Newcastle this summer and with Fulham losing 1-0 at Reading last night in the second leg of the Championship playoff and being eliminated 2-1 on aggregate, the way is now open for Rafa to make an approach for the Scottish International midfielder.
Cairney has been a star man for Fulham this season and twice played brilliantly against Newcastle, just in case Rafa had any doubts he was good enough for Newcastle.
Tom Cairney – Newcastle target
It would have been more difficult to pry Cairney away from Fulham is they had been promoted this season, but now Newcastle can offer Tom Premier League football next season and Newcastle will likely move in with an offer for the recently capped Scottish International playmaker.
Tom is also said to be keen to pay in the Premier League.
One problem is apparently Fulham now want £20M for him, but Newcastle can make an offer where the transfer fee increases given the number of times he plays in the Newcastle first team over the next few years.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be loathe to lose one of his best players, as the impressive Serbian manager will want to challenge for the automatic promotion spots next season, but if he gets a decent fee for Cairney he can also bring in some new players.
We fully expect Newcastle to make a strong move to sign Tom Cairney.
Last season Tom played a total of 51 times for Fulham in all competitions with 13 goals and 12 assists and Rafa Benitez believes he can make the step up to the Premier League with Newcastle.
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