Newcastle United made an approach for Tom Cairney in January, only to be quoted £20m for the Fulham playmaker.
The West London club determined to mount their own promotion challenge and not surprisingly, determined to hold onto their most influential player at least until the end of the season.
Monday lunchtime brings reports that Newcastle haven’t ended their interest and intend to go back this summer to try and sign him.
The Mail say that a slightly more realistic £12m price tag will be put on Tom Cairney if Fulham fail to go up.
It was typical that after their alleged failed approach, Newcastle would be on the receiving end when Fulham visited nine days ago.
Tom Cairney ran the show at St James Park and scored a cracking long range effort that set the Cottagers on their way to the eventual 3-1 victory.
Apart from a handful of games as a 19 year old for Hull City, the midfielder has played all of his football outside of the Premier League. So whilst there are no guarantees, Cairney still though has the look of a player who could prosper in the top tier.
He has nine goals and nine assists this season, to go with eight goals and six assists last campaign, meaning that for Fulham he has been involved in 32 of their league goals in only 73 Championship starts (plus 3 as a sub).
This suggests that there are still bargains to be had in the Championship, players who could potentially play at the higher level.
His Fulham form though does suggest that they have given him the perfect platform and playing style, as before joining the West London side he had only scored 10 league goals in the whole of his previous career.
Of course, if Fulham did go up themselves, then you can’t imagine them considering selling their best players.
However, just to show the mad nature of the Championship, after taking Newcastle apart nine days ago, Fulham have played two relegation strugglers at home and drew 2-2 with Blackburn then lost 3-1 to Wolves at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Those dropped points meaning Fulham still remain one point below the play-off spots.