Newcastle United have had a £20million offer for Tom Cairney rejected, according to Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović.
Speaking to the Serbian media, Jokanović said: "[Newcastle] asked for him and they offered £20million, but we did not let him go".
"He is not for Newcastle, there is no business there, he fits in at Fulham. When the team has problems the ball always goes to him and he keeps it."
Registering 9 goals and 10 assists last season, and one of each against Newcastle themselves, it had been expected that Fulham would face numerous offers for the player. Newcastle in particular had been linked with Cairney as far back as the January transfer window, and it was believed that Cairney was at the top of Rafa Benitez's shopping list.
While the Championship winners have yet to confirm or deny the existence of this offer, the insistence that Fulham won't sell the Scottish international, even at such a high price, will doubtless come as a blow.
The news follows a relatively quiet transfer window by Newcastle's standards, with reports of Tammy Abraham arriving on load the only substantial news