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Fulham turned down a £20m bid from Newcastle for Tom Cairney, according to Slavisa Jokanovic.

The Cottagers’ head coach told a Serbian website that the Whites were eager to hold onto their Scottish playmaker and rebuffed interest from St. James’ Park.

Jokanovic told Engleski Fudbal: “Yes, Cairney is good. He (Benitez) 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.”