Transfer news: West Ham deny Ravel Morrison is on strike, but admit the Fulham 'target' could leave
The England Under-21 midfielder is wanted by Fulham and Cardiff
Charles Reynolds is a freelance writer and journalist specialising in sport and the arts. He writes the Premier League previews for The Independent online and writes regularly for The Sport Review.
Thursday 16 January 2014
West Ham have denied reports that their midfielder Ravel Morrison has threatened to go on strike in an attempt to force through a transfer.
The England U21 international is a target of Cardiff and Fulham, both managed by men who coached him at Manchester United.
Morrison's future at the club looked even less secure this morning when West Ham's assistant manager reportedly admitted that 'every player has his price.'
However Sam Allardyce's No 2, Neil McDonald, denied that Morrison had given the club an ultimatum.
He said: "There seems to be a story about Rav every week.
"The lad comes in and trains, sometimes he's had a little bit of a groin injury but we'll manage that. He trained yesterday with a huge big smile on his face with the rest of the squad."
West Ham are pursuing the FA to take action against Fulham for alleged tapping up of Morrison, although McDonald refused to be drawn on the matter.
"It's best leaving it to the club for that,' he said. 'The Premier League are dealing with that."
The player himself tweeted to suggest reports surrounding his future, including some which hinted that he may go on strike to push through a move, were "lies", he told the club's official website: "Although it is frustrating to read some of the reports in the media, I always try to keep my focus on the next game and show people with my performances on the pitch that I want to do well for West Ham.
"I've been working really hard over the past few weeks to get back to full fitness after missing a couple of recent games with a groin injury.
"I'm feeling fine now and I'm hoping to be involved in Saturday's important game with Newcastle and then the Capital One Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday."
Meanwhile, Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen refused to comment on the situation after landing the club in hot water with his post-match interviews after the FA Cup victory over Norwich.
When asked about any targets the club might have, 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."
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