Report: Newcastle to table £12m bid for 26-year-old who has blown Benitez away
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle United are preparing a formal bid of £12million for Fulham attacking midfielder Tom Cairney, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the newly-promoted Premier League club will make a strong push to sign Cairney after failing to prise him from the west London club in January.
It is said that Cairney is flattered by Newcastle’s interest and is ready to tell Fulham that he wants to quit and join the north-east giants.
The Craven Cottage outfit have slapped a £20million valuation on the playmaker.
The Telegraph report that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has been blown away by Cairney and regards him as one of the outstanding players in this season’s Championship.
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The Scotland international, 26, has been regularly scouted by Newcastle’s recruitment team and they are confident that the player has what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League.
Cairney has a contract with Fulham that runs until 2019 with an option for a further 12 months but is ready to push for a move after they suffered promotion heartache with a play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Reading.
Benitez is stepping up preparations for the north-east club’s return to the Premier League after they stormed to the Championship title this year.
The Spaniard is reportedly convinced that left-footed Cairney’s ability to dictate the play will translate from the second tier into the top flight.
The attacking midfielder made 51 Fulham appearances in total this season, scoring 13 goals and supplying a further 12 assists.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club have sealed a sensational record-breaking deal worth £24million.