Fulham Football Club was forced right onto the back foot as a Ravel Morrison storm of protest began to engulf them today.

And boss Rene Meulensteen was operating behind a wall of silence on the issue amid fears that talking might “get him in trouble” with the clubs involved in a tapping-up row. 

West Ham have reported Fulham after Meulensteen’s public remarks revealing a bid had been made claiming the 20 year old wanted to move to Craven Cottage.

Today, however, at an afternoon presser he said:  “I am not going to make any comments on [transfers] because it is going to get me into trouble.

“It is wiser at this moment in time that we are not going to comment on anything that is happening in regards to any transfer news or speculation.

“Things are in hand with the club, with [chief executive] Alistair Mackintosh.”

With Morrison’s under contract for another 18 months remaining, the Irons complaint is likely to surround Premier League rulings which relate to a club making an approach for a player under contract or the player, or his representative, approaching clubs in the hope of instigating a possible transfer.

Morrison, meanwhile, has made it clear he’s happy to stay at Upton Park after reports in a national newspaper that he was ready to go on strike in pursuit of a move.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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