Earlier this month, Tom Cairney explained to The London Evening Standard why he did not leave Fulham for Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
Fulham, though, rejected the bid, according to the report, with 26-year-old midfielder eventually signing a new four-year contract with the London club last month which will see him remain at Craven Cottage until 2021.
“I love London,” Cairney told The London Evening Standard while explaining his decision. “I do not want to move. It is a great place to live and I have settled quickly.
“I love life on and off the pitch and when you are happy you play your best football. You cannot put a price on happiness.”
Newcastle are a massive club and have a strong fanbase, but 'Newcastle' is not London and cannot offer what the capital of the United Kingdom can.
The Magpies will also play in the Premier League this season, but it seems that it was still not enough to convince Cairney to make the switch.
Perhaps if Newcastle had made a bigger offer, then something could have happened, but the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder’s comments could be symptomatic of the issues that the Magpies face in attracting players.
Among the signings that the Magpies have made so far in the summer transfer window, only Jacob Murphy is someone to be excited about (Christian Atsu played on loan from Chelsea last season).
Could Newcastle be struggling to sign quality players due to their location? Could players such as Cairney rather play for a ‘lesser’ club in London or other such great cities instead of moving to the North East?
This is not the first time that a (reported) Newcastle target has decided against joining the Magpies due to their location.
According to Sky Sports, the Magpies wanted to sign Gregory van der Wiel in the summer of 2012 when he was at Dutch giants Ajax.
The 29-year-old right-back, now on the books of Turkish club Fenerbahce, joined Paris Saint-Germain in France instead.
Explaining his decision to join PSG ahead of Newcastle, Van der Wiel told Sky Sports in March 2013: "I love it in Paris.
“I had the chance to go to Newcastle but I didn't want to live in a place like that. I prefer Paris - everything is trendy and alive.”