West Ham complain over Meulensteen's 'tapping up' of Morrison

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Hammers angered by Fulham boss claiming midfielder wants to join him at Craven Cottage.

West Ham United have lodged a complaint with the Premier League alleging Fulham have “tapped up” midfielder Ravel Morrison, according to the Guardian.

The East London club have been angered by comments from Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen after their 3-0 FA Cup third round replay victory over Norwich City last night.

The former Manchester United coach admitted Fulham had made a bid, believed to be around £4m, for the England Under 21 star and that it had been rejected.

He said: “We got knocked back. We will review it and move on. I've left it with [Fulham chief executive officer] Alistair Mackintosh. I've explained how I think about the situation so I have to wait and see.”

When asked about whether the former Manchester United youth player wanted to join him, he added: “Yes, he does want to come here. I've known him obviously for a long, long time but the thing is this - we have to wait and see.”

The Dutchman continued to praise Morrison, describing him and said he would bring “youthfulness, energy, unpredictability, attacking strength. Loads of things.”

Morrison has been linked to both Fulham and Cardiff City in recent days and only has 18 months left on his contract at Upton Park.

He has scored five times in 20 appearances so far this season and has been one of few shining lights in a dismal season for the Hammers.

Sam Allardyce will be reluctant to sell him to a relegation rival but if a bid of £10m is made West Ham would be forced to quadruple Morrison’s wages to £60,000 a week.

The formal complaint will prompt a Premier League investigation and Fulham could be found to be in breach of rules T3 and T8 which refer to direct or indirect approaches to players and statements made publicly expressing interest.

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