Take our Tom Cairney next club tips
FootyOn experts give Tom Cairney next club tips after the Fulham captain is linked with a Newcastle transfer after the Craven Cottage club failed in their promotion bid.
Nottingham-born Scotland cap Cairney, 26, has starred in a forward-thinking midfield role for west London team Fulham this term.
His 13 goals in 50 games across all competitions weren’t enough to take Slavisa Jokanovic’s side back up to the Premier League, however.
Fulham fell to Reading in the Championship play-off semi-finals and now risk losing players.
One promoted side, namely division winners Newcastle United, have already been touted as a possible destination for Cairney.
Sky Bet have priced his future up and, while Cairney is 11/8 to remain with Fulham, plenty of top-flight interest is anticipated.
Read on as we reveal our Tom Cairney next club tips…
Newcastle transfer must be tempting
It is hardly surprising to discover Rafa Benitez’s Magpies are 6/4 fancies to sign him over the summer.
Rumours of a £10,000,000 bid have already done the rounds in the local press both in London and Newcastle.
As Toon owner Mike Ashley has pledged to back boss Benitez with plenty of money in the transfer window, this is one deal they could close early.
Cairney has exactly the kind of midfield dynamism that would supplement Benitez’s options at St James’ Park nicely.
French winger Yoan Gouffran and Dutch utility player Vurnon Anita could both be let go by the Magpies when their deals expire this summer.
A possible Newcastle transfer would see him link up with playmaker Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback in the engine room.
If alternatively deployed out wide by Benitez, then Cairney would join Matt Ritchie as a goal threat from the flanks.
Will Bournemouth bid to bolster ranks?
Midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Andrew Surman are out of contract at Dean Court this summer.
Not only is Cherries coach Eddie Howe losing those players from his small squad, but Dan Gosling is entering the final year of his deal.
Bournemouth, who are 4/1 to capture Cairney this summer, could do with adding goals from the middle of the park.
There has been a major reliance on leading marksman Josh King, whose seasonal tally is 16 Premier League strikes.
Howe turned to the Norway forward when Callum Wilson sustained another serious knee injury.
The entire Cherries midfield have netted 14 league goals between them this term – just one more than Cairney.
If signing for Bournemouth, then he could expect a similarly expansive style of football that has got the best out of him with current club Fulham.
Swans and Hammers would surely sell before buying
Bigger prices in the Cairney next club market are available on Swansea City (12/1) and West Ham United (16/1).
This reflects that both teams have arguably stronger competition for places than Newcastle or Bournemouth.
When Slaven Bilic lost playmaker Dimitri Payet in January, Manuel Lanzini became the chief inspiration for the Hammers.
Eight goals from the Argentine have seen top Premier League clubs linked to him.
It’s a similar story for Swans assists machine Gylfi Sigurdsson, as Everton are reportedly chasing the Iceland international.
Netting nine and setting up 13 others for Liberty Stadium teammates make for impressive stats.
Any interest from these clubs in Cairney will only firm up if they decide to cash in on their star attacking midfielders, so first-team football looks easier to get elsewhere.
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