In Focus: West Ham unlikely to sign £15m target Tom Cairney this month

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United want to sign Fulham attacking midfielder Tom Cairney before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, and they are willing to pay £15m for him.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite being on the verge of bringing Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario to the London Stadium on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer, Irons boss David Moyes isn’t finished with his transfer business this month.

Sky Sports report that he is keen to sign Cairney in a £15m deal, but the Championship outfit don’t want to sell the 27-year-old as they don’t intend to lose any of their key players this month.

Sky Sports adds that the Hammers’ Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion are also keen on the Scotland international, but they are yet to make a formal offer.

How has Cairney done this season?

After an outstanding 2016/17 campaign in which he scored 12 goals and provided a further 11 assists to help Fulham reach the play-offs, the 27-year-old has endured a more difficult time this term.

The attacking midfielder was hit by injury earlier in the campaign, and he has scored once and picked up three assists in 18 Championship appearances in total.

According to WhoScored.com, he has an overall passing accuracy of 91.2% in 18 league games this season, while he has made 36 key passes and successfully completed 39 of the 46 dribbles he has attempted.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, as long as he reclaims the form he showed last season.

The 27-year-old was such an influential figure playing in the No 10 role – scoring goals, making key passes and providing assists – and if he could do the same for the Irons he would be a huge hit.

Cairney also has quick feet and the fact that he is the Championship side’s captain shows his leadership qualities and the fact that he is a good character, too.

Will they get him?

Fulham seem determined not to sell Cairney – or Ryan Sessegnon – this month, and unless they change their minds or receive some offers that they can’t afford to turn down in the coming days, it seems unlikely that the 27-year-old will become a West Ham player before the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday.