In Focus: West Ham unlikely to get Cairney this month even though he wants move

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United target Tom Cairney, who has scored 22 goals in 111 matches for Fulham, wants to join the club before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, but his club are determined to keep hold of their captain.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Sky Sports says that the Irons are willing to pay £15m to bring the 27-year-old to the London Stadium before the end of the month, but the Whites don’t want to sell any of their key players – including Cairney – as they look to push for promotion over the course of the rest of the season.

Sky Sports add that Cottagers are in a strong position as the playmaker only signed a new deal that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2021 during the summer, when Newcastle United were keen.

The report adds that the Scotland international is also admired by West Bromwich Albion.

How has Cairney done this season?

The 27-year-old established himself as one of the best players in the Championship last term when he scored 12 goals and provided a further 11 assists in 45 league games for Fulham, but he has struggled with injury this time around.

The attacking midfielder has netted one goal and picked up three assists in 18 Championship matches, but while he has been quieter in terms of creating and finding the net, he has still been an effective player for the Cottagers because of his vision and impressive footwork.

According to WhoScored.com, he has successfully completed 39 of the 46 dribbles he has attempted in the league this season, while he has made 36 key passes.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

If he can replicate the form and be as effective as he was last season, then there is no doubt that he would be a good addition for the Irons.

The 27-year-old should be approaching the prime years of his career, and if he did secure a move to the Premier League he would be determined to prove that he belongs there.

Will they get him?

It doesn’t seem likely unless Fulham can be convinced to sell, or the player really pushes for a move.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens in the coming days, but David Moyes could be forced to look elsewhere in his bid to bring a creative player to the London Stadium.