ChronicleLive is reporting that one of our top transfer targets this summer – 26 year-old Fulham playmaker Tom Cairney – is interested in moving to Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s Player of the Season Matt Ritchie has reportedly been urging his Scottish International colleague to join the Rafa revolution and Matt may even be having some success with the Fulham player.
Obviously Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, after narrowly losing in the playoffs to Reading earlier this week, will want to keep his best players at the club as he tries to gain an automatic promotion spot next season.
So it’s hardly surprising the London club have slapped a £20M fee on their player.
Newcastle have been after Tom since last January and are said to be willing to offer £12M up front in cool cash.
Newcastle could also offer incentives on top of that fee based on the number of game Tom plays for the Magpies, so it’s not impossible that a deal could be reached with Fulham for their top playmaker.
Fulham would then have ready money available to use this summer to bring in new players.
Newcastle pay for their players up front in cash and that’s unlike the majority of clubs who pay for their transfers over a number of years.
Tom has had a terrific season for Fulham and it included two excellent displays against Newcastle and he has certainly caught the eye of manager Rafa Benitez, who is said to be keen to bring the lad to Tyneside.
Rafa also believes the 26 year-old can make the big step up to the Premier League.
Tom has played for the Scotland U19 and U21 youth sides and recently gained his first full cap for Scotland; he qualifies to play for Scotland because of his Scottish father.
In his career so far he has played 257 games with 35 goals and 45 assists and we think he would be an excellent signing for us.
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