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.