One of our top targets this summer is Fulham’s impressive 26 year-old play-maker Tom Cairney.
Newcastle are hoping to get the player for a fee of £12M even though Fulham are said to want a mammoth £20M for their star player.
However, with Sam Allardyce surprisingly resigning from Crystal Palace earlier this week Palace are looking for another manager.
Slavisa Jokanovic and Rafa Benitez meet last season
Former Hull manager Marco Silva and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic are said to targets.
We’ve been impressed with Slavisa Jokanovic ever since he took over Watford in October 2014 and was their fourth manager in five weeks, and amazingly he got them promoted to the Premier League the following May.
The Serbian couldn’t agree terms with Watford for the following season and he eventually ended up as the Fulham manager for last season.
Jokanovic took Fulham to the play-offs and during the season they somehow managed to do the double over the eventual Champions – a certain massive club – Newcastle United.
Slavisa Jokanovic could be an excellent choice for Palace or even Watford who again have fired their manager and want to sign (yet) another manager.
The Sun is reporting that Palace chairman Steve Parish would have to pay as much £3M in compensation to get Jokanovic out of his Fulham contract.
If he leaves Fulham it could impact the sale of Tom Cairney to Newcastle.
Tom Cairney – Fulham midfielder
The positive way to look at it is that Cairney will become unsettled in London and since he’s already said to be (very) keen to join the Rafa revolution the move could go through quickly.
The other way to look at it is that Jokanovic will want his best player at Fulham – Cairney – to join him at Crystal Palace.
But Newcastle pay their transfer fees up front in cool cash which Palace would unlikely be able to match and surely Newcastle and Rafa Benitez are a bigger attraction than playing for Palace?
In reality we don’t think if the Fulham manager moves from Fulham it will make much of a difference.
We could be wrong, but we expect Tom to become a Newcastle United player within the next week or two and maybe Rafa and Lee Charnley will now move even more quickly to close the deal.
What do you think?