Confusion On Whether Newcastle Have Bid For Ravel Morrison


Alex Ferguson talked about his 18 year-old youngster Ravel Morrison yesterday, and said that Newcastle’s bid for him had been rejected, while Alan Pardew has said no Newcastle bid has been made.

Ravel Morrison – a diamond in the rough

Newcastle are supposed to have gone in with an initial £500K bid last weekend, and then yesterday the news is that Newcastle increased that offer to £1M, but the local Newcastle Journal is reporting the Magpies have made only one offer, which was rejected by the Red Devils.

Ravels’ contract runs out at the end of June, and Ferguson had this to say yesterday:

“We have rejected an offer from Newcastle,”  “His agent has been working hard to get him another club.”

“We have offered him terms, which he has refused. His demands are unrealistic as far as we are concerned.”

And the fact that midfielder Paul Scholes’ has made a surprising comeback to the team will put Morrison further down the pecking order, and what he wants is first team games, and he would get them at Newcastle.

Morrison has a history of getting himself into trouble with the police, much like our own Nile Ranger, and would you believe they have the same agent – Nick Rubery.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was asked to respond to Alex’s comments yesterday, and he had this to say:

“I think it’s important for us to keep what business we’re doing in-house.”

“There’s been no communication certainly from manager to manager but sometimes those deals are taking place behind the scenes.”

“As far as I’m concerned there’s been no bid in from us.”

That’s strange, so Alex Ferguson is saying a bid has been made and Pardew’s saying it hasn’t – go figure.

So it looks like Newcastle haven’t bid for the player at all, have bid once or have bid twice – take you pick.

Unfortunately,  Manchester City may also be interested in Morrison, but he’ll hardly get any first team games there, although we suppose they could send him out on loan to get first team experience.

If nothing happens with Ravel this month, he will be able to leave the club in June for an amount that will have to be be set by a  tribunal, but that will not stop Newcastle getting the lad to sign a pre-contract agreement right now.

Ravel would also come in useful as a striker who could come on from the bench for us this season, as Sammy Ameobi has done until the 19 year-old picked up a knee injury last Tuesday in the Reserves game against Wigan.

We know that Ravel could be a risky signing because of his past experiences with the law, but we’d still like to see him sign on at Newcastle, and we would trust that Alan Pardew can get him on the right track on Tyneside.

Yes, that may be a big risk,  but he could also be a fantastic (and cheap) signing for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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59 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    A bid could have been made, just not from Pardews side. Obviously nufc has a budget for youngster to operate with. Could be that this is Beardsleys call?
    Also, he said that no contact has been made manager to manager. Obviously he knows something, and ofc he’d lie if he wants to keep it in house.

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  • alip123

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Pardew is playing the smoke and mirrors game?

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  • dmac

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    @2 i wouldnt say that if i was you Alip, i made the same statement a couple of weeks back and the special brigade aka solano and gorgonzola arrived and abused me for the rest of the thread haha.

    Im in agreement with you though mate it just makes sense to be quiet about your transfer dealings as it stops others getting involved.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew has said he wont discuss transfers during Jan so I doubt he will admit to anything. Fergy has no reason to lie and has a hell of a lot more influence at his club than Pards does at ours I’d bet

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Deals being done without Pardew being informed probably.
    Wouldn’t be the first time like…

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  • dmac

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Im not sure what to make of this lad. Im sure he probably has a fair amount of talent but the fact an unproven 19yr old is making unrealisitic wage demands at one of the biggest teams in the world must mean he is a complete idiot. That and also he is apparenty a thug.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Tbf, I know he has ‘a criminal record’, but sometimes ‘a record’ doesn’t represent the nature of the crime. It was intimidating a witness that he got done for, he could quite simply have gone to the witness and spoken to him, if the witness has told the courts, Ravel would be done. Its not like he’s been off the rails like Ranger, drink driving and fighting etc. I’m not saying he’s an angel, but I’m not classing him as an out and out criminal just yet.

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  • Kebabacus

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8
  • hainesy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9
  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    @hainsy
    2+2 = Cissokho to NUFC.
    We have a long standing interest in him, but don’t have a need for a fullback at the moment, i think we’ve decided we’ll manage until the summer. His price will drop until then aswell imo.
    Also, it’s reported that he’s out with a slight hamstring according to Mark Douglas “source”, thats why he won’t be playing.

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  • hrocks

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyo
    i like your thinking of beardsley given a bigger role. is it a case now that the development team has a diff set up. they go get youngsters without the ok from Pardew. if the manager gets sacked no change would be made to personnel on the development side which gives us continuity

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  • Partizan

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    The absence of Aly Cissokho in the group that travels to Montpellier on Saturday surprised many, the defender of the official Olympique Lyonnais with muscle pain. Depending on progress, this package could be justified by the imminent departure of Cissokho. The regional newspaper says it will do in the next 72 hours the trip to Newcastle to undergo a medical examination. If it is positive, while Aly Cissokho could commit on Monday with the Magpies, who coveted for quite some time. No price has been raised so far, but we know that in this case Jean-Michel Aulas wanted to get a sum of around 10 th, even if now we talk now 9ME. A relatively respectable for a defender given the current status of the transfer market.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Lew – he was also done for assaulting his mother. Sounds like a real ar-ehole!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Philippe Auclair @PhilippeAuclair
    Receiving numerous messages about Aly Cissokho’s supposed medical at NUFC on Monday. I am very sceptical. First, there’s the price:…

    @wwjbd
    Can u not talk some sense into these journous. Some of us aren’t stable enough to have all of this back and forth.

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  • hainesy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    What does mark douglas know? Haha
    Arsenal are also thought to be very keen and we may think he is that ‘special player’ that FCB will pay more for. Keep it on the lowdown so Arsenal down sneak in. We’ll see later won’t we. No doubt it’ll be brought up in the Lyon boss’ post-match interview.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    @hainesy
    Two good points there. It could be Arsenal he’s heading too as they have a known interest aswell.
    And yes, well worth following tonights post match interview with the Lyon coach.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo
    Haha I wish I could mate but they have their job to sell papers I cant be upset for them doing that

    One thing makes it impossible in my eyes though the lads price tag so not a chance in the firey place we will end up with him. If am wrong nice surprise if am right no harm done

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  • Partizan

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    I dont think its gonna be Arsenal,,,Andre Santos,Gibbs are still there.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    @wwjbd
    Oh well, whats a transfer window for if not speculation 😉 Would be a nice surprise, and a big one at that, would think we’d wait with the FB until the summer.
    Imo, his priced must’ve dropped if it happens. We’d get him cheaper in the summer imo.
    IF he is having a medical in the UK, it’d be typical our luck that it’s for Arsenal 😛

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  • hainesy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we did bid. Although at more like 5M rather than the quoted 9/10M. It’s not in the plan, therefore it more than likely wont be happening.

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  • hainesy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Partizan – We’ve got Santon too so I don’t think we’d need him too much at the minute either. Although, about arsenal, I’m pretty sure santos is still out with the ankle he injured at Olympiakos so it may turn out they make a move for Aly.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Lewspi

    He beat his mum up (Morrison!!!!!!!) Regular sweetheart.

    Dannyo

    Unless Tavernier is brought in to the fold, I’d say we do need a full back to let Santon possibly move over to the right. Simpson is a nice lad, but never going to be world class, especially going forward.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    this made me blow milk from me nostrils

    “There was a sad moment in the first half of the City game when Carroll picked the ball up on the wing and decided to ‘power past’ the fullback. He got into his stride (shadowed by the defender all the way…) then stumbled over the ball to put it out for a throw. The home fans just laughed.”

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  • hainesy

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    BREAKING NEWS: Cissokho is moving to Newcastle subject to a medical on Monday!

    Well, Cwarr just said we weren’t signing him so it’s plausible 🙂

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  • Kebabacus

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    I liked:

    ”Hurling Carroll in among Liverpool’s Suárez-geared short-passing attack is a bit like a classical orchestra deciding to recruit a heavy metal guitarist who proceeds to lurk at the front, mooching and smoking and producing the odd crashingly inappropriate power solo.”

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    @Toon Tang
    Ouch, that is a hurtfull one. There’s been allot of talk of depression in football since Gary Speeds death (may he rest in peace).
    Seeing Andy on the pitch and especially that photo from him on his birthday is making my warning lights go off tbh. I honestly don’t think everything is ok with the lad.

    @Rotonda
    Both yes and no, then u’d have Tav, Simmo and Santon at RB, i think Santon will be used mostly at LB tbh, and Tav will cover for Simmo. We’d need a natural LB to back up Santon imo.

    But maybe there’s some truth in the “Fulham after Simmo” article? As he’s yet to sign his contract ,and he’s often early out to deny speculations on twitter. He hasn’t done that this time.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Dannyo
    Couldnt have put it better myself lad haha

    Seems to be the standard thing for a agent to do is just say Newcastle are interested….I take it as a compliment world wide image we have for quality players apparently haha

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    9-10m seems abit too much for NUFC to spend on a LB but If its true Cissokho’s coming then we’ll finally have natural width down the left. Having 2 players who both prefer cutting inside all the time was getting abit too predictable. And Santon on the right is a tantalising thought.
    3-0 tomorrow;Best2,HBA,HWTL

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #29

    @ Kebabacus – hahaha seems a very logical way to look at the situation if you ask me.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #30

    I wont laugh at AC he is a geordie and one that sparked a new time of hope at NUFC. Plus he is clearly unhappy at Liverpool, I feel sorry for him obviously recieved advice telling him what to do and as a young lad was swayed its a pity how far he has fallen but I still hold the memories of OUR future England star who scored goals that kept us up and put us in the papers for plaudits last season

    Although I dislike Liverpool I still support Carroll and I still believe he will find his feet somewhere and hit the highs he had with us again

    Anyway am off have a good afternoon of speculating and badly source rumours lads

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    @WWJBD
    Well, u can’t be other than happy tbh with the caliber of players we’re linked with 80% of the time.
    Gone are the times of the overrated and outdatet Carlton Coles, Alan Smiths and Sol Campbells…
    Atleast that’s positive if anything 😉
    Even the press has caught onto that.

    When i watch the matches here in norway, it’s televised on norwegian channels with norwegian commentatators and pundits. When we played Man Utd, one of the pundits was absolutely chuffed with the signings we’re getting.
    He mentioned Tiote, Cabaye, Ba for starters, and some of our youngsters too. He was adamant that we were going in the right direction, and next year we’d be proper contendors for Europe if things kept going our way on the signings.

    I agree 🙂

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  • samigee14

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #32

    my my mate plays for newcastle reserves and he says this ravel morrison lad is the best 18 year old in the country at the moment but also says he is a bit of a bad lad but has fantastic potential

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  • Partizan

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #34

    If we manage to get Cicikho,De Jong,Mbiwa without selling any of our players i’d say we have a team who could challenge for that 4th spot.

    My team

    ……………………………….Krul…………………………………….
    Santon……………..Colo……….Mbiwa……………….Cicokho
    ………………………………….Tiote…………………………………..
    ………….HBA……………….Cabaye…………………Jonas…….
    …………………………Ba………………..De Jong………………….
    Subs:Elliot,Best,R.Taylor,Willo,Guthrie,Simpson

    plus players like Obertan,Marveax,Vuckic,Abeid and Steven Taylor when he comes back fighting for the first team spot.

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  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    I feel sorry for ac as a footballer. He’s stuck at a team that simply will never play to his strengths enough. I could see him being prolific at somewhere like stoke or wolves or (god forbid) sunderland (larsson’s million crosses a game). These teams would suit him far better imo.
    However as a person he is still a chav at heart and his off pitch attitude stinks. If that all improved id even like him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Its hard to see why we wouldn’t try our best to keep Simmo,I know the policy is to replace with younger cheaper models,but I cant see how we could replace him with anybody under 5M who could do a job straight away,the talk of Tavernier coming in looks like an option but then again we’ve all raved on about Kadar who Pards wouldn’t play over Perch,so unless they’ve got something up their sleeves which might be unveiled in one of Pards riddles to the press ,I think we should offer Simmo a contract he deserves.

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  • toonpanda18

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    does any one know what time this lyon press conference is??
    hopefully some good news 🙂

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  • geoff777

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    @WWJBD

    Completely agree with you on Andy Carroll.
    He just needs better crosses.

    Downing has been a terrible buy.
    Perhaps Gerrard will swing in some decent balls for Carroll to attack?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #39

    I think the press and the fans are missing things here with Cissokho and a lot is being lost in translation. I am not saying we are going to sign the lad but he certainly wouldn’t cost 9-10 million.

    The price quoted by tne manager was 9-10 million Euros not pounds and this is itself too high to the real purchase price. It is known is France that the chairman offered him out for 8 million Euros to clubs which is around £6.6 million.

    Arsenal will not be interested in a paid transfer as they already have 2 first team LB’s. They want a loan. Cissokho is not available on loan so they will move for Wayne Bridge.

    If for example Newcastle offer £6 million punds for Cissokho up front I am pretty sure Lyon would accept given their reported financial difficuilties.

    We would then sell Simpson for £4-4.5 million meaning (and no offense to Simmo) that we have upgraded our full back to one that cost Lyon 15 million Euros and a cost of £1.5-2 million. Great bit of business but won’t happen IMO. Wish it would.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #40

    fgb,
    People say how can you feel sorry for someone on 80 grand a week,but at the end of the day he’s a local lad,and I hope when people call him Judas on here it is said with a large dose of sarcasm,know one will ever know want was said between him,agents owners etc,in regards to the circumstances of his leaving,I for one would love to have him back here.

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