Fulham captain Tom Cairney, rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, played the full 90 minutes in his side’s 1-0 Championship play-off semi-final first leg defeat against Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Friday night, and Newcastle United fans were quick to react to his display having been linked with a move for him previously.
Magpies manager Rafa Benitez was keen to snap the playmaker up last summer after leading the Tyneside outfit to the Premier League, but he was put off by the high asking price after seeing a £20m bid for the 27-year-old rejected.
The Cottagers skipper has enjoyed another successful campaign, scoring five goals and providing a further five assists in 34 league games having suffered with knee problems, and he could provide Ayoze Perez with some much-needed competition in the No 10 spot next term.
Newcastle supporters, who aren’t impressed with rumours of a possible £25m exit for one of their key men, took to social media to give their thoughts on the Scotland international, and while one said “he’d walk in the team over Ayoze”, another said “don’t see a world where he & Jonjo Shelvey play in the same side”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) May 11, 2018
Think it could work. Will be interesting to see what happens with the midfield this summer.
— Roy Emanuel (@Roy13a) May 11, 2018
Hed walking in the team over ayoze
— Dylan Turnbull (@DylanTurnbull96) May 11, 2018
No better than what we’ve got imo.
— Scott ⚓️ (@Scott_TheSock) May 11, 2018
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) May 11, 2018
Shelveys a deep lying playmaker, Cairneys a roaming one who has one of the best long shots in the country
— Andy – Newcastle United ❤️ (@AndrewJamesNUFC) May 11, 2018