Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has admitted defeat in his bid to lure West Ham’s Ravel Morrison to Craven Cottage.
The Hammers midfielder appears surplus to requirements under Sam Allardyce following the return of Andy Carroll, and Morrison is widely expected to be loaned to Championship promotion-chasers QPR.
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp revealed he is hoping to recruit the former Manchester United forward for the remainder of the season, and QPR would be favourites to sign Morrison outright if they return to the Premier League.
The Hammers rejected a bid for Morrison from Fulham in January and then accused the west London club of making an illegal approach.
Meulensteen insisted Morrison wanted to join Fulham when speaking after his side’s 3-0 FA Cup replay victory over Norwich on January 15, sparking West Ham’s grievance.
“There’s not very much we can do at this time, and what other clubs do we can’t affect,” said Meulensteen. “The only thing I can affect is what we’re doing at Fulham.”