Newcastle United will reignite their interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney when the transfer window reopens in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The Magpies are thought to have attempted to lure Cairney to St James’ Park in January, but the Cottagers held firm.
The midfielder has been a vital cog in the machine for Fulham this season, starting 36 Championship games and coming off the bench in another.
Cairney has also scored nine goals and produced as many assists in the league to help move to seventh in the table.
The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been hugely impressed by Cairney and wants him in his team next season.
The publication adds that the midfielder is valued at around £12m.
It will depend on where Fulham finish at the end of the season and who comes in for him.
Cairney’s performances this season are likely to attract a host of clubs, but Newcastle could have an edge if they make it back into the Premier League and Fulham do not.
The midfielder has been with the Cottagers since his 2015 move from Blackburn Rovers, and they will be desperate to keep him, especially after his influence this season.
At this stage of his career, if there is an opportunity for Cairney to step up then it is certainly worth considering.