Slavisa Jokanovic has stated Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney is not for sale at any price, according to reports from Serbia reported by the Chronicle Live.

Newly promoted Newcastle United have been interested in the Scottish midfielder for over a year now, and Jokanovic claimed the club has already received an offer in the region of £20 million for their star man.

The Serbian seemed to quash any chance of Cairney leaving to join the Magpies this summer, stating “He is not for Newcastle, there is no business there, he fits in at Fulham.”

Cairney was the standout player as Fulham thrilled football fans across England with their free-flowing attacking football, and regardless of the result, his performances against Reading in the play-off semi-finals showed just how talented he is.

Many even called for him to win the player of the season award, which eventually went to Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert, but his 12 league goals were rewarded with a spot in the Championship team of the season instead.

Following the defeat to Reading, Cairney said: “Every player has to back themselves to play at that level and I believe once I get there, and I hope it’s with Fulham, I really will show I can do things at that level” seemingly hinting he may have a future at Craven Cottage.

Keeping hold of Cairney would be a huge statement of intent from Fulham, who are one of the outright favourites to gain promotion next season, however with interest from those at the top of English football, keeping hold of the 26-year-old will be extremely difficult indeed.

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