Fulham target Mounir El Hamdaoui has been told not to report for pre-season training with Ajax next month.

The Moroccan striker received a letter telling him that he is no longer considered part of the club’s first team, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaph. If the 26-year-old is still contracted to Ajax on 11 July, he will be expected to train with the youth team in Rotterdam.

Ajax insist that they are not going to sell El Hamdaoui for anything below their valuation of the player, but the relationship between the forward and coach Frank de Boer has proved a rocky one. Matters came to a head after the Dutch Cup semi-final against RKC Waalwijk when de Boer dropped El Hamdaoui after ‘something unacceptable happened in the dressing room at half-time’.

El Hamdaoui, who scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Ajax last season, has been widely linked with a move to Fulham, where he would be reunited with the former Ajax manager Martin Jol.