After Amanda Staveley’s potential takeover of Newcastle United collapsed, it has become abundantly clear to Rafa Benitez that he must sell some of his players to fund moves for others.
Mike Ashley will allow Newcastle to sign about three players on loan but if someone is sold, that frees up some transfer funds for others.
According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle United are ready to flog some of their fringe players in order to fund a move for Tom Cairney.
Fulham star Cairney is a transfer target for West Brom and Newcastle this January but the Magpies need to sell to buy.
Benitez was interested in Cairney this summer but his £20m bid was rejected by the Cottagers, who are desperate to hold onto stars like Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon.
But with Fulham taking an interest in Dwight Gayle, a swap deal could be on the cards, according to this report.
Newcastle will also allow Jonjo Shelvey to leave the club this month with West Ham the front runners for his signature.
With the sporadic England international available for about £15m, this could fund Newcastle’s move for Cairney.
Henri Saivet, who is wanted by Montpellier, is another who will be allowed to leave alongside Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Tom Cairney is an exceptional player on his day but due to injury concerns, he has not been at his peak this season. Newcastle should not start flogging all their first team players to land him as they might need that strength in depth later in the season. As for Fulham, a swap deal involving Cairney and Dwight Gayle would be very interesting.
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