The Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle may be willing to exchange Dwight Gayle for Fulham’s Tom Cairney in a swap deal.
Rafa has rated Cairney for some time now, and he will need to bring in some central midfielders to fill the gaps left by Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey who could all potentially leave the club this summer.
Dwight Gayle has shown how good he is at scoring goals in the Championship with 21 goals this season for West Brom while on loan.
And Fulham are an ambitious club and will pay good money to have the likes of Dwight Gayle in their line-up for next season.
Former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is almost sure to leave Fulham this summer for first-team football elsewhere.
Tom Cairney involving Dwight Gayle?
Fulham were after Gayle last summer, and it will depend on whether they want to keep Cairney in their line-up for next season, but it would be a great opportunity at Newcastle for the Scottish International playmaker.
Cairney has missed a lot of games this season because of injury, but he is back playing again and looked good in Fulham’s surprise 2-0 home win against Everton last Saturday.
He is an excellent passer of the ball and as we said before Rafa has been keen on signing the 28-year-old for a couple of years now.
Fulham beat Newcastle twice in the Championship season, and in both games, Cairney was outstanding and caught Rafa’s eye with his brilliant creative play.
Tom Cairney has two caps for Scotland and could thrive under the guidance of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
Last but not least – Newcastle may need to use Dwight Gayle in part exchange for on-loan West Brom striker Salomon Rondon this summer.
But if Mike Ashley would pay the money for Rondon we could keep him on Tyneside and also have Tom Cairney in the team for next season.
Sounds good to us.
What do you think?