According to The Sun, Fulham will face a battle to keep hold of star player and club captain Tom Cairney, 27, this summer.
The London club rejected a bid from Newcastle for Scottish midfielder but they will have to try and do the same this summer as the Premier League club will reignite their interest for him this summer. Leicester have increased their interest for Cairney and could be involved in a bidding war with Newcastle.
Newcastle had a £20million bid rejected for Cairney last summer but are still keen to sign the midfielder. With completion from Leicester they will surly have to increase any potential bid.
Cairney, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.com, has been extremely influential again this year for Fulham, who have an outside chance for promotion.
The midfielder has been pivotal to Fulham’s late push for promotion. He has scored four goals and got five assists.
If Fulham cannot get promotion they risk loosing Cairney along with £25 million rated Ryan Sessegnon.
Cariney will have to carefully assess his options this summer, especially if Fulham achieve promotion.
He has been an important part of Fulham’s midfield but might look to test himself in the Premier League. Both Newcastle and Leicester have secured safety this season. He has some excellent option available to him.
Both clubs are steeped his history. However, playing under Rafa Benitez might be too hard to turn down. One of the most distinguished and respected managers in the game, Cariney would learn a lot from the Spaniard.
Leicester’s have a number of midfielders in Cairney’s role so would have to work extremely hard to make a claim for a starting place.
At Newcastle he would slot in nicely with Jonjo Shelvey. It is looking increasingly likely at Mikel Merino will leave Newcastle this summer and Cairney would fit in nicely into the midfield.
Playing under Benitez might be too much to turn down and if Mike Ashley gets out the cheque book or sells the club then Cairney could be heading to St. James Park this summer.