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Fulham have rebuffed an approach from Middlesbrough to sign playmaker Tom Cairney and reiterated that their star midfielder is not for sale, according to Sky Sports.

The west London club have rubbished reports in some of the Sunday papers that Middlesbrough were ready to talk to Cairney about offering him an opportunity to return to the Premier League after agreeing a fee of around £7m, especially after Fulham had told Newcastle before the transfer window that the bidding would need to start at somewhere close to £20m if they were to consider selling one of their prized assets.

The Fulham captain has been one of Slavisa Jokanovic’s most consistent performers as the Whites chase a spot in the Championship’s top six and has repeatedly stressed how happy he is in London. The 26 year-old has scored five goals in 28 appearances, including a stunning individual strike at Wolverhampton, and Fulham are currently talking to the former Hull City midfielder about extending his contract at Craven Cottage.