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Report: Jokanovic wants Tom Cairney as first Sheffield United signing

Slavisa Jokanovic could make quick use of his old Fulham links, by making a move for 30-year-old midfielder, Tom Cairney.

That is according to FootballLeagueWorld, who published an exclusive report last night claiming Jokanovic has his eye on Cairney already.

Cairney was a vital part of the Fulham team when Jokanovic was in charge at Craven Cottage. Sure enough, in 2017, Cairney won the EFL Player of the Year Award at the London Football Awards. That night, Jokanovic praised Cairney for ‘growing’.

“He brings many things, he’s an important part of our team in terms of dominating the game and he connects many successful passes,” Jokanovic said that night.

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Cairney has missed the majority of this season with a knee injury. However, he is said to be working his way back to fitness, with FLW claiming the twice-capped Scotland ace is open to a summer move.

The Fulham man’s crowning moment came in the playoff final a few season back. Cairney netted the winner against Aston Villa that day, helping Jokanovic to get that second Championship promotion.

Sheffield United News View: Tom Cairney to Sheffield United makes sense but it’s also an easy rumour

While it is an easy enough transfer rumour to piece together, a fully fit Tom Cairney improves this Sheffield United team. There is no doubt about it.

Sander Berge and John Lundstram will be on their way out. Naturally, there’ll be at least one midfield place going there, and Cairney could slot in nicely.

He’s also played with Oliver Norwood before. They played as part of the midfielder alongside another former Blades in Kevin McDonald, so there’d be not big settling in period needed.

However, Cairney needs to show he is fit and over this injury. At 30, he’d be a signing where we’d be looking to get a few good years out of him. It must, then, make financial sense for United if we do go for him.

But in terms of raw ability, Championship nouse, and a player Jokanovic knows and trusts, they don’t come much more obvious than Cairney.

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