Newcastle United have been told by Fulham that they will need to pay £20m to sign Fulham’s Tom Cairney according to a report from The Mirror via the Express.

The Magpies were able to seal their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, becoming champions of the Sky Bet Championship on the way. Now though they are trying to build their squad ahead of their return so that they don’t end up back in the Championship just a year later.

One of the players they had been looking at is Fulham’s Cairney. The 26-year-old midfielder has had one of the best years of his career, being a star player as the Cottagers made it into the play-offs for the first time since they were relegated from the Premier League. While their season is not over yet, they will be hoping to beat Reading over two legs to advance to the play-off final at Wembley, Cairney is already attracting a lot of interest thanks to this form, with reports suggesting Newcastle were going to make a move worth £10m for the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder.

But now Newcastle know they will have to spend a lot more than that if they want to sign Cairney. The West London side have told them that they will only accept offers of £20m, meaning that should they want to sign the midfielder, Newcastle better be prepared to spend a lot of their budget. Whether this will put the Tyneside club off an attempt to sign Cairney remains to be seen.

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