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?