Newcastle have been installed as 5/4 favorites on SkyBet to sign Fulham’s 26 year-old creative midfielder Tom Cairney.
Tom has even expressed an interest to join Newcastle, after Matt Ritchie has been talking to the Fulham star about how things are at Newcastle – and we’re quite sure the former Bournemouth winger will give Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle a glowing reference.
Tom Cairney – open to joining Newcastle?
In fact Tom is said to be flattered by Newcastle’s interest in him, so that’s good news and if Rafa can get to talk to the player he could even seal the move.
The other clubs interested in Tom are Bournemouth at 5/1, and Swansea and West Ham at 12/1 and 14/1.
Rafa was really impressed with Cairney in both the games he played against Newcastle last season – both wins – 1-0 at Craven Cottage and 3-1 at St. James Park and Tom controlled the central midfield in both of those games.
Newcastle are willing to pay out £12M for Cairney and remember Fulham get that fee in cash up front, so that Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic can then use those funds immediately to reinforce his squad.
Tom is even reported as being ready to push for a move out of the Craven Cottage club to Newcastle.
In his 51 total Fulham appearances this season Cairney has scored 13 goals and has 12 assists – a good return.
Ad Rafa seems certain the former Blackburn and Hull City player can make the move up in class to the Premier League with Newcastle – he’s that good.
Tom was born in Nottingham and started his career at Leeds United Youth Academy before joining Hull City in 2007.
Six years later he joined Blackburn Rovers where he stayed for just a couple of years before joining Fulham in the summer of 2015.
Since then he has played 93 games for the Craven Cottage club with 21 goals and 18 assists, so he is a very productive player.
Fulham want as much as £20M for him, but a deal could be possible somewhere between £12M and £20M – and nearer £12M.
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