West Ham United have rejected a report that Ravel Morrison is ready to go on strike to force a move away from the Premier League strugglers.
The Hammers have reported London rivals Fulham to the Premier League following comments from Rene Meulensteen after his side's FA Cup replay win over Norwich which claimed the Craven Cottage club had had a bid rejected for the England U21.
Meulensteen worked with the Englishman when first-team coach at his previous club, Manchester United, but a statement on West Ham's official website said: "Contrary to one report in the media this morning, Morrison has not threatened to go on strike at the club and has been working hard in training this week to get back to full fitness following his recent groin injury."
Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald, sitting in for boss Sam Allardyce who was reportedly busy with transfer business, also played down suggestions Morrison wanted to leave at the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's visit of Newcastle
"It is all media reports and whatever has been said... I think the club and the Premier League are dealing with that so I'd prefer not to dwell on that any more," McDonald said.
"There seems to be a story about Rav every week. The lad comes in and trains, sometimes he has had a little bit of a groin injury, but we've man-managed that. He trained on Wednesday with a huge, big smile on his face with the rest of the squad so (reports he may go on strike) are news to me.
"We look forward to him being in the squad on Saturday, he should be fit, he's been training with the lads and he's brought a lot of joy, especially with winning against Cardiff - he cheered everyone up when he came back as well."
Morrison, 20, was another who seemed to refute recent suggestions he wants to leave when he tweeted: "The lies people make up its unreal."
With West Ham reporting Meulensteen and Fulham to the Premier League, the Cottagers could face a reprimand or fine if they are found to be in breach of the rulings - it is also possible the case could be referred to the Football Association.
And Morrison insisted he was happy in east London when he told the club website: "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.
"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 United."