The Newcastle faithful have just arrived in the Transfer Tavern and are in fine voice after their side announced the signing of promising winger Jacob Murphy this past week.
The 22-year-old was superb for Norwich City last season, having scored nine and assisted six in his 35 starts for Canaries.
Rafa Benitez’s newly promoted side paid Norwich in the region of £12.5 million for the Englishman.
It’s the Champions League winning manager’s fifth signing of the window, having already snapped up the likes of Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid and secured Christian Atsu on a permanent contract.
Newcastle supporters are now wondering who the Magpies will recruit in the middle of the park.
Jonjo Shelvey has proved he is competent in the Premier League, but neither he or Jack Colback could keep the Toon in the top flight two seasons ago.
Fulham’s Tom Cairney has been a target of the Magpies, with the Championship side reportedly rejecting a £20 million offer from Newcastle.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a remarkable season for Fulham as they reached the Play-Offs last season.
Cairney scored 13 times and provided 10 assists for his teammates before the Cottagers lost to Reading in the semi-final of the play-offs.
The Scotland international possesses fantastic ball carrying abilities and a great long shot.
Cairney has the ability to change a game, and his eye for a pass in the final third makes him such a key cog in Fulham’s midfield.
If he could translate these skills and exhibit them in the black and white shirt of Newcastle, the Toon simply won’t have to rely on Jonjo Shelvey so heavily.
Our landlord thinks Benitez needs to make another move for the Fulham man.
We want to hear from you! Should Newcastle go back in for the centre-midfielder? Or is £20 plus too big of a risk? Let us know in the comments!
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