Top Transfer Target Interested in Newcastle Move

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 18, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    A swap would be a good deal. Cairney is a much better player than Ritchie, who found his level in the Championship. (along with Gayle, Clark, Atsu, etc.) More upside to Cairney.

  • hibbit

    May 18, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    more predictable comments from the mackem wum

  • posada

    May 18, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Re Ed’s article on shirt deals etc.
    Our new deal does seem to be the best outside the top six.
    Also, just from memory, Arsenal have a deal with the airline of the UAE. They are owned by the rulers of the UAE.
    Is it a genuine arrangement or simply a means for the rich owners to put money in through a subsidiary.
    Likewise Man City.
    Financial Fair Play – Does it work ?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    12 million yes not 20.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 18, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6


    Why would he be a replacement for Ritchie, we need to add more creativity not replace it.

  • ToonRich

    May 18, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Nobodies mentioned the link to Mattia Destro yet?…Wasnt he touted as being hot property just a few seasons ago?

  • lochinvar

    May 18, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Add Ashley Barnes to the list wer’re interested in or is he already on it ?

    Bournemouth want to offer Defoe £115,000 a week to join for 3 years.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 18, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    welshgeordie, I’m just saying that Cairney looks like he could be a quality Premiership player and Ritchie isn’t. Ritchie isn’t creative, he’s just another greedy type of winger like Townsend who’s always looking to go for glory rather than providing assists. The better teams in the Championship sussed him and snuffed him which will happen routinely in the Premiership. His “player of the season” status reflects the lack of football intelligence on this blog, to be fair.

  • lochinvar

    May 18, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Cairney is much talked about – I just wonder if Fulham will want hard cash or player exchange – Diame for example ?

  • kilcline

    May 18, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Should target the following:

    Sandro Ramirez


    Centre mids
    Loftus cheek

    Centre backs

    Left backs

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 18, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Someone’s been on the wacky wum backy!


    May 19, 2017 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #13

    You’re the one lacking football intelligence. Ritchie’s contribution extends beyond his excellent goals and assists return. He’s one of the most determined players I’ve ever seen play for us, in his last season in the Prem he recorded the highest number of sprints in a single game. He never gives up on a ball, he demands the same attitude from the players around him. And he’s one of a handful of players in our team good enough to compete next season.


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