Fulham are preparing for a potentially tricky summer.
After suffering relegation last term the club are looking to adapt to life back in the Championship, however they face the prospect of doing so without out key man.
According to reports from Claret & Hugh, Tom Cairney is attracting the attention of Premier League side West Ham United.
The 30-year-old could be lined up as an alternative to the club’s other target Jesse Lingard – something that would certainly be bad news for the West London side.
Here are two knock-on effects if West Ham were able to complete their move.
Losing vital experience
If Tom Cairney was to move on it would be a bitter blow for Fulham.
The 30-year-old has spent six years with the club and while suffering relegation twice during that time, he’s also been the club’s captain as they secured promotion on two occasions.
Such experience is absolutely vital and if Cairney was to move on then it’d be a big blow for the club’s aspirations this summer.
The need to find a replacement
Tom Cairney is a vital player for Fulham and so he’ll need replacing.
As well as being a technically-gifted player who is key to how the team play the game, he’s also a proven leader who has led the team through some real highs and lows.
While the club will obviously be looking to recoup a substantial fee, there has to be an acceptance that replacing someone who is crucial both on and off the field could be a real challenge.