Newcastle United hold a long-term interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and they could use the Cottagers’ almost-inevitable relegation to their advantage.
According to The Daily Star, Newcastle are once again considering Cairney in the summer transfer window and they could offer him a Premier League stay.
The left-footed central midfielder is clearly a skilful player but he has struggled to cope with the jump up this season.
But that can be partially put down to uncertainty surrounding his role under three different managers and the poor form of those around him.
The 28-year-old could improve drastically if he is given the right central midfield partner and he could have just the man at Newcastle.
Academy starlet Sean Longstaff has stepped up for the Magpies this season and established himself as a first-team star before picking up an injury.
The 21-year-old was even tipped for an England call-up prior to his injury setback but he will return to the first-team ready to go again.
With Longstaff and Cairney in midfield, you have the perfect blend of central midfielders.
Longstaff gets up and down the pitch, making tackles and scoring goals, while Cairney prefers to sit deeper and pick his passes.
Newcastle could have an impressive central midfield pairing for the future if they could pick up Cairney for a cut-price fee.