Championship manager: Newcastle bid for 26-year-old has been rejected
By Derek Smithson
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has explained that his side rejected a bid from Newcastle for midfielder Tom Cairney.
The Championship boss revealed that the Magpies submitted a £20million offer to try take the 26-year-old to St James’ Park.
However, the big-money move was rejected and the Scotland international remains an integral part of the plans at Craven Cottage.
Jokanovic stated that Fulham turned down an approach from Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez and credited the quality of his star man.
“He (Benitez) asked for him and they offered £20million, but we did not let him go,” Jokanovic said, as quoted by the Chronicle. “He is not for Newcastle, there is no business there, he fits in at Fulham.
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“When the team has problems the ball always goes to him and he keeps it.”
Benitez is looking to improve his squad ahead of next season as they return to the Premier League and it appears they will miss out on one of their targets.
Cairney was in spectacular form last season for Fulham and helped them reach the Championship play-offs, before losing to Reading in the semi-finals.
The central midfielder made 51 appearances across all competitions, scoring 13 goals and supplying 12 assists in return.
Newcastle fans were hopeful he could form a dream partnership alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the centre, but the north-east club may now have to look elsewhere for a goalscoring midfielder.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are eyeing a £6million-rated striker.