Fulham are understood to have rejected a transfer request from Ross McCormack as the striker attempts to force a move to Middlesbrough.
McCormack joined Fulham in an £11million deal from Leeds United in 2014, expecting the Londoners to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
However, with the club currently sitting 19th in the Championship, the Scotland international wants to join second place Boro.
McCormack, who has scored 17 goals this term, reportedly handed in the request after being offered a new contract at Craven Cottage, which includes a non-playing role when he turns 32.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has repeatedly insisted the forward will not be sold this month.
“There is always speculation about McCormack, but people need to understand Fulham too,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.
“If they are serious people they see we do not need money right now, we need other things, and we are not in a situation where we have to sell our best players.
“Psychologically, I understand there is much rumour and speculation, and I understand McCormack too. Ross is a professional and has a family, and he is thinking about the solution and the best steps for him, I understand that.”