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Fulham remain keen on sealing a deal for the England Under-21 star, while assistant manager Neil McDonald refused to comment on a potential move for Joleon Lescott

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald remains hopeful that the club will be able to hang on to midfield star Ravel Morrison.

Goal reported on Tuesday that Fulham were preparing to launch a final bid to sign the England Under-21 international having seen a £4 million offer rejected by Sam Allardyce's side earlier in the January window.

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The Hammers value Morrison at £10m and are adamant they will not sell for less although McDonald could not say for certain whether the former Manchester United man will still be at Upton Park in February.

He told reporters: "I would imagine Ravel will be staying until I'm told otherwise. He has been training and is a creative player who we will need."

Premier League strugglers West Ham have been linked with a move for Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott, with Goal reporting on Wednesday that the Hammers could still seal the deal with the club prepared to match his £90,000-a-week wages until the end of the season.

McDonald was coy on the matter, however, insisting: "Lescott is Manchester City's player and, until that changes, I cannot comment.

"We're trying to improve and if we can get anybody else in, that would be a bonus. I wouldn't rule out anybody coming into the club.

"With it being deadline day, Sam is busy in the background trying to recruit players for us. We've recruited really well so far."

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