Fulham have made a complaint to the Premier League in relation to Liverpool’s pursuit Clint Dempsey.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the USA international for much of the summer, but are yet to make a formal bid, despite new Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers making his interest public in July.
The Cottagers made the complaint a month ago following comments made by Rodgers in the wake of an embarrassing incident for Liverpool’s owners, where a website owned by them ran a story saying Dempsey had signed for the Merseysiders.
“Clint is a player we've inquired about, it is as simple as that,” said Rodgers when responding to questions over the incident.
“Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club to see what the position is. That is where we're at. He's a very talented player but we don't like to talk about other clubs' players.”
The 29-year-old was very impressive last season for Fulham last season, posting his best stats since joining the club, which inevitably led to reports of interest from other clubs.
Dempsey also only has a year left on his current deal and refused to sign a new one – Fulham’s failure to come to an agreement for his transfer led to him refusing to play for them and he was subsequently left out of the squad by Martin Jol for their 5-0 opening day win over Norwich City.