Sheffield United interest in Tom Cairney is at a crossroads with the Blades unable to meet Fulham’s valuation of the midfielder, it has been revealed to Football League World.
On the back of Slavisa Jokanovic’s appointment at Bramall Lane, Football League World learned that the Serbian was hoping to make Cairney one of his first additions, having had success with the midfielder at Craven Cottage.
Cairney, 30, remains with Fulham as things stand and it is looking increasingly difficult for Sheffield United to reunite Jokanovic with his former captain.
A source has told Football League World that, right now, Sheffield United are unable to finance a deal for the Fulham man.
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Cairney, who progressed through Leeds United’s academy before moving on to Hull City and Blackburn Rovers, has been on the books in West London since 2015.
During his time with Fulham, the midfielder has made 217 appearances across all competitions, featuring in both the Premier League and Championship.
In total, he’s scored 37 goals for the Cottagers and played a part in two promotion campaigns in the Championship.
He scored the winning goal for Fulham in the 2018 play-off final against Aston Villa, under the management of Jokanovic. Scott Parker would then lead the club to a similar feat in 2020, with Cairney again a crucial cog in the midfield.
After relegation from the Premier League last season, Cairney is preparing for 2021/22 back in the Championship under Marco Silva, who is Parker’s successor.