Fulham have made a complaint to the Premier League over Liverpool's conduct regarding Clint Dempsey, with the Reds continuing to pursue the star as he stays in limbo.
In a transfer saga that has taken many twists this summer, Dempsey refused to play for Fulham in their opening match against Norwich, and Martin Jol revealed today that he wouldn't be in contention for the upcoming weekend either.
"It's the same situation. There has been no formal bid on the table and nothing has changed," he told Sky Sports.
But now Goal.com has revealed that Liverpool are currently being investigated by the Premier League for their dealings over Dempsey, with the Cottagers taking specific issue with some comments made by Brendan Rodgers about the 29 year old at the start of the month.
"The Premier League has received a complaint from Fulham FC regarding certain comments made by Liverpool FC officials and is currently looking into the matter," their statement read.
The issue is reportedly more with Brendan Rodgers personally than with the club, after the manager told reporters: "Clint is a player we've inquired about, it is as simple as that.
"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."
For Fulham, the situation is particularly difficult because without a bid on the table, they cannot offload Dempsey and find a replacement.
And though Liverpool may have been hoping that their pressure through the press could garner a deal with Dempsey, Martin Jol is digging his heels in deep over the subject, and clearly won't let his top attacker go on the cheap.