Newcastle Make Bid For Red Devils’ Wonder Kid

Newcastle United have had an initial bid for Manchester United’s young  whiz kid Ravel Morrison rejected.

Ravel Morrison – 18 year-old Manchester United whiz kid

The Red Devils have finally put their top 18 year-old creative midfielder up for sale,  with Morrison’s contract running out in the summer when he will become a free agent.

Morrison signed on at the Manchester United Academy as a first-year scholar back in 2009 and then turned professional on his 17th birthday, 2nd February 2010.

Morrison is a difficult young player to handle, and he has missed a number of training sessions at the Old Trafford club, but his discipline problems have  hardly put Newcastle off.

Newcastle’s first bid was around £500K and the Manchester club turned that bid down last weekend, and it remains to be seen if Newcastle increase that first offer, but the news is that Arsenal are also interested in the player..

Manchester want a higher fee for their top younger, who turns 19 next month, and they will also want a sell-on clause inserted into the deal.

At Morrisons’s age, if Newcastle and the Red Devils cannot agree on a fee, then the case will go before a tribunal who will assess what the fee should be.

And since the lad has only played 3 times for the Manchester United first team, the result could be in Newcastle’s favor.

The bid by Newcastle is reported in the Daily Telegraph, which is one of the country’s more respectable newspapers so this story may even be true.

Morrison had been offered a new contract by the Red Devils but he has not signed it, and Sir Alex Ferguson has described the lad as a “very, very talented boy.”

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has said he is a player who could break through big time this year, and Ravel has played for England at the U16, U17 and U18 levels.

It is though that Ravel is disappointed he has not been used by the first team more under Alex Ferguson, and at Newcastle the news is that he would be put on a fast track into the first team.

But Ravel has had a troubled past, and pleaded guilty to two counts of witness intimidation only last year,  and was sentenced to a 12-month referral order.

It seems that Alex Ferguson thinks it’s better for him to get away from the distractions he has in the  Manchester area.

That sounds eerily familiar with both Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll, when he was still at Newcastle.

Only recently Nile was sent out on loan to get away from what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew called “the distractions he has at Newcastle” after he had a couple of drink-related arrests.

And Andy Carroll had trouble whenever he seemed to go down the Bigg Market on a Saturday night.

Alan Pardew seems to be able to handle all kinds of characters, and obviously  thinks he can turn the youngster into a top professional, otherwise Newcastle wouldn’t be in for him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Smells like an agent to me…
    I don’t think Pardew would risk ruining what we have by getting yet another problem child to go with Ranger.
    Don’t see this happening by a mile.

  • dmac

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Apparently this young lad is more of a spanner than Ranger. Not sure about this to be honest.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Very talented but makes ranger look like a model pro!!
    he’s a proper little thug by all accounts going around threatening witnesses etc. We have got rid of barton and carroll, do we really need another bad boy gangsta?? If SAF can’t handle him, I can’t see Pards.

  • blissna

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Haha! I won’t post what I think. It’s already been said perfectly well by the comments above!

  • shanghai fan

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Man U are known to have a very professional culture that they get their players to buy into. Given this, if the kid is still behaving in this way I would pass.

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Off topic but the sun is reporting that we are interested in shaquiri for 12m. Would love that to happen but do they know how tight mike ashley is?

  • Eastander

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    No denying this kid sounds like and absolute spanner (and thats probably being unfair on spanners) but if he acts up like this and SAF was still willing to offer him a new contract he must be one hell of a player

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Reckon United would consider selling Park Ji Sung? Rofl.
    He is a lad i really want at Newcastle… however I doubt he would ever wear the black and white stripes.

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    United do have a habit of getting talented “Badboys”.

    Keane, Cantona, Rooney to name a few.

  • Toon Tang

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    never trust a lad with shaved eyebrows. i shaved mine once and no one trusted me till i grew them back. a lesson in life was learnt

  • Tsunki

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    So the prospect of playing for Man Utd champs league etc doesn’t calm the kid down? Er let me think about that for a while and get back to you lat..NO! Don’t care if witness intimidation was threatening a year 7 for grassing him up to the woodwork teacher, he’s a pass I think. we already have the heartache of having hi-tech faulty goods it somehow very rarely works out, does it?

  • Dannyo

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Thats in the paper version ye? I never get to read those :/
    But ofc, everyone is interested in him, he’s a spectacular prospect indeed.
    But with the likes of Barca, Arsenal and whatnot, i can’t see this happen. If we moved, so would they.

  • JimmyToonToon

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #13

    It defo says a’lot if Fergie is willing to offer him a contract. But If I’m honest he even looks like a little n*b head in that picture, we don’t need anymore players rocking the boat! If we could get him for under 1 million he might be worth taking a punt on.


  • Lynxie

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #14

    ravel Morrison has ‘distractions’ in Manchester? Christ on a bike, whats he gonna be like in the toon? Have we not got enough bother with that unsufferable tool Nile Ranger? If this Morrison helmet cant be arsed getting out of bed and training with Man Uinted, what chance has pards got of getting him to training for NUFC on a freezing cold wet windy day in the North East? This just does not compute, and I fail to believe that pardew would welcome the chew that this cock would bring. my mate is a Man Utd fan and says this lad is a total waster.

  • duncandisorderly

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Difference is that Keane and Cantona were only bad ON the pitch!

  • spitfire_

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #16

    “Wonder Kid” and SAF will let him go? Of course he will… just like “the new Ronaldo” a.k.a Obertan.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Some of the tales about Morrison make your hair stand up. He is a bigger lunatic and ‘train-crash-waiting-to-happen’ than Ranger, and for this reason, I am out.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Exactly – those ‘bad boys’ still had a fair amount of pro discipline to go with the lousy manners, but it’s the Joey Barton type that worries me – we only got the tail end of him and that was enough for anyone. Do we want to be the nursemaid to a thug whose second home may well be the local cop shop? It’d be like buying a broken Ferrari for £50 on ebay.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Nope, nope, nope. Give me ‘hot prospects’ with brains and a good attitude (Vuckic and Abeid). No more Man U cast-offs.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #20

    This kid can’t be bothered to turn up to training. Haris turned up even on a day-off I seem to remember, after being tricked by his teammates 😆

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #21

    The NY Post has picked up on the AC story. Here is a small quote:

    Newcastle refused to comment publicly, but a Newcastle source said, “Andy’s a Geordie [Newcastle] boy, and it would be great to bring him home. But while he left on his terms, he’d have to come back on ours.”

  • terencelim

    Jan 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    To be honest, I rate Nile Ranger and Shane Ferguson more than this kid, a typical hype from media for Manure players.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    haha, fergie is trying to rape us agian

    6 million for smith , 5 million to much
    500 for simpson , we got what we paid for
    3-4 for obertan, 3 miilion way to much, we should have been paid to take him, or got this morrison for free

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jan 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, we shipped out Barton and Carroll and willl (hopefully) soon be shipping out Nile “Power” Ranger. Who is our Troublemaker now? We are very thin there. Sign him up!

  • PompeyJohn

    Jan 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Toonboy_84 – shaquiri for 12m????
    I’d heard it was Shefki Kuki for £12.00!!


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