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Fulham have rejected another offer from West Ham for their captain Tom Cairney, according to a Sky Sports News report this afternoon.

The Scottish international has long been linked with a possible move to the London Stadium and was the subject of two approaches from the Hammers – reported to be in the region of £15m and £18m – during the January transfer window. Fulham rebuffed both of those bids for their playmaker and West Ham’s latest bid for Cairney, believed to be worth £20m, was also swiftly rejected. The Cottagers are keen to hold onto the 27 year-old, who has become pivotal to the way Fulham play since making a £3m move from Blackburn Rovers in June 2015.

Cairney, who scored the winner as Fulham secured promotion by beating Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final last month, has spoken of his pride at being able to guide the Whites back to the top flight for the first time since 2014. He describes leading the club into the Premier League as ‘a dream come true’ and head coach Slavisa Jokanovic will be eager to construct his side around one of the Championship’s most consistent performers over the past few seasons.

Cairney, who has made 130 appearances and scored 27 goals in his time at Craven Cottage, is contracted to Fulham until the summer of 2021.