West Ham United claim that officials from Fulham Football Club tried to tap up Hammers midfielder Ravel Morrison to convince the player to move to the Craven Cottage club. And as a result, West Ham are contemplating issuing a complaint to the Premier League.
“Tapping Up” is when a club illegally approaches a player without the club’s consent to speak to the footballer.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph newspaper, “senior sources at West Ham indicated today that a complaint will be made to the Premier League after what Meulensteen said following Wednesday’s FA Cup replay victory over Norwich City. The Dutchman said he hoped a deal could be concluded this window and, crucially, when asked whether Morrison would want to join Fulham he added: ‘I have known him a long time. Yes. He does want to come here.’
“If West Ham do submit a formal complaint to the Premier League and the organisation decides to investigate then its lawyers will interview officials from both clubs.”
During yesterday’s press conference after the Fulham-Norwich FA Cup Third Round replay, Fulham Head Coach Rene Meulensteen said the following:
“We got knocked back. We need to review it and move on. I left it with (chief executive) Alistair Mackintosh. I’ve explained what I think about the situation so we’ll have to see what happens.
“I make my desires clear then leave it to those people to deal with it. We will review it because I don’t know exactly the ins and outs of how it’s been rejected.”
Fulham are rumored to be trying to sign Morrison for a fee of £6million. The former Manchester United midfielder has 18 months remaining on this current contract, but it’s believed that talks to extend his deal have broken down.
Previously, Fulham filed a complaint with the Premier League when Liverpool tried to tap up Clint Dempsey. Liverpool later apologized for their actions, but the footballer ended up moving to Tottenham Hotspur instead.