According to Sky Sports News, West Ham United have had a £20m bid rejected for Fulham captain Tom Cairney.
West Ham have already been busy in this summer’s transfer window, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski completing moves to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are believed to be intent on signing at least one new central midfielder this summer, meanwhile, and have been linked with Huddersfield Town’s Aaron Mooy.
Cairney is believed to have been a transfer target for some time, but according to Sky Sports News, West Ham have failed with a £20m bid for the Cottagers captain.
The 27-year-old would have left Craven Cottage this summer if Fulham failed to secure Premier League promotion, but the capital outfit will be back in the top flight next term.
As a result, it could prove difficult for West Ham to poach the inventive midfielder, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk.
It is not a surprise that Fulham have rejected West Ham’s opening bid, and there is no question that the Cottagers will be desperate to keep Cairney entering the new season.
West Ham do have a lot of pulling power following the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as head coach, however, and they look to mean business this summer.
According to Sky Sports News, Cairney wanted to join the Hammers back in January, but he signed a fresh contract extension last summer, and is very much the main man at Fulham.
Player power is a big thing in the modern game, however, and Cairney might well fancy the challenge of moving to West Ham.
The former Hull City youngster scored five times and registered five assists in 34 Championship appearances last term, and he seriously impressed with his ability to knit things together in the middle of the park.
Cairney is a wonderful talent, and would make a massive difference to the West Ham midfield next season if the move occurred. The Hammers might have to spend big to sign him, but they would be acquiring a player capable of huge things at the London Stadium.