Old Trafford youngster on his way to Upton Park.
West Ham have agreed a fee with United and are confident of closing the deal this morning. The move represents something of a coup for West Ham. Newcastle had an offer rejected by Manchester United earlier this month while Bolton had a bid accepted, only for the player to turn down the move.
While Roma were also seriously interested in the player, the opportunity to play first team football persuaded Morrison to move to Upton Park and the Championship rather than stay in the Premier League or move abroad.
Morrison’s contract at United expires in the summer and they have decided to sell him now rather than risk going to tribunal at the end of the season. United did offer Morrison a new deal which the player was still considering when West Ham’s bid was accepted.
Reports that the player was demanding £30,000 per week are wide of the mark and he is understood to have been offered less than half of that by West Ham.
Morrison wanted first team football but United felt his talent was better being developed with a more gradual elevation and he has made just two first team appearances this season. A frustrated Morrison missed training on several occasions and, with his contract running out, United gave his representatives permission to seek out buyers.
Coaches at Carrington rave about Morrison’s technical ability and spatial awareness and, when he gets up to match fitness, Sam Allardyce will seek to integrate him into his promotion-chasing team rapidly.
Ravel Morrison is considered one of the brightest young prospects at Man United but it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to allow the 18 year old to leave, having deemed his wage expectations has unrealistic. However, are West Ham really going to pay a salary that the reigning Premier League champions were unwilling to fork out?
Perhaps the youngster is really just looking for first team football and talk of obscene wage demands are in fact inaccurate? Well given that according to this source both sides have agreed a fee, the next step is all down to the youngster.
Man United are keen to get something for the young midfielder and they know that come the end of the season a tribunal will dictate how much they are due to receive for Morrison’s services, as he is too young to leave on a ‘Bosman’, and this tends to leave a fairly derisory pay-out for the selling club.
West Ham riding high at the top of the Championship and Morrison could well help to secure an instant return to the top tier for the East London side and he could then build on such a promotion and look to cement his place in Sam Allardyce’s first team plans.