Sky Sports journalist: West Ham table official bid for top-six international playmaker
West Ham have seen an £18million bid rejected by Championship side Fulham for star playmaker and club captain Tom Cairney, according to a journalist.
Sky Sports’ chief news reporter Bryan Swanson has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Hammers tabled the offer for the 27-year-old Scotland international with just days before the end of the January transfer window, but that their London rivals, currently sitting sixth in England’s second tier, turned it down.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 29, 2018
After a slow start to the campaign due to injury, Cairney, who has a single cap for his country, has been one of the Cottagers’ most crucial players, with one goal and three assists in his 18 outings, while he has a contract which is due to expire in 2021, having signed an extension last year.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham manager David Moyes is known to be looking to strengthen in the middle of the park this season and despite the signing of Joao Mario on loan, it seems he wants another to join his ranks. A fee of £18million is not to be scoffed at but with Fulham hunting promotion this season they obviously feel he is more valuable than the money offered. Will the Hammers increase their offer? It is a possibility, but really Moyes is already offering what many will believe to be a vastly inflated price for an unproven talent in the Premier League. Plus, at 27-years-old, he is not a hot prospect, and really he should have made his way to the top flight already if he has what it takes.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are on the verge of securing a transfer deal for an international attacker.