West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted for the first time that Ravel Morrison could leave Upton Park as speculation linking him with a switch to Fulham refuse to go away.
The 20-year-old former Manchester United star is the Hammers' top scorer - with three strikes - but is unsettled in East London.
While Allardyce has been hesitant to confirm the reports, his counterpart Rene Meulensteen has been more open and appears to have forced his hand.
As the transfer window hurtles towards its final week, however, the former Blackburn Rovers manager took time out to discuss the nature of winter business.
"Well, who knows? You take each day as it comes in this window,” Allardyce told reporters.
"He's a young man, and a young man with not much experience, you have to give a bit of leeway for that scenario. He's not an experienced man in life, never mind in football.
"And inexperienced young players can react in many different ways.
"It's difficult for a manager to give advice to a young player when it comes to that because they see you probably working for the club as the manager rather than working for them.
"This window creates a hysteria about the fact that people will tell you that somebody is going to come and get you. That could then turn your head, probably based on the money that people say you're going to make.
"Everybody as a human being is not all the same, some players will act and react a different way, to whatever they feel is best for them.
"I would probably think that across the country at every club there is a player unsettled because of mad January, the lunatic transfer window that creates havoc throughout the game.”