Reports: Aston Villa join race for left-footed sensation, price quoted is £20m
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Fulham playmaker Tom Cairney, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Villa manager Steve Bruce is hot on the trail of the player he sold three years ago when he was at Hull.
Left-footed sensation Cairney moved from Humberside to Blackburn before settling at Fulham in the summer of 2015, where he has developed into one of the outstanding creative midfielders in the Championship.
But the west London club are holding out for a significant fee for one of their prize assets.
Times journalist George Caulkin reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that Newcastle had been quoted a figure of £20million by Fulham for Cairney before the January transfer window opened and “that was the end of that”.
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Told that Newcastle enquired about Fulham's Tom Cairney before the window opened and were quoted £20m – & that was the end of that. #NUFC
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 10, 2017
The Mirror reports that Bruce wants to add the 25-year-old to his ranks this month in order to boost his team’s promotion hopes.
Villa are 12th in the Championship, and seven points adrift of the play-off spots, but are expected to spend big for a second consecutive window to narrow the gap on their fellow promotion hopefuls.
Owner Tony Xia revealed on Wednesday that the Midlands giants are working on up to eight different deals and are hopeful of completing at least four signings this month.
Cairney has played 23 Championship games this season for Fulham and has an impressive output from his central playmaking position, scoring five goals and supplying four assists for a side that is sitting in tenth place, two places and one point above Villa.
In other Newcastle transfer news, a Scottish club have began a reported raid for this Magpies defender.