Newcastle United were keen on 21 year-old Ravel Morrison in January of 2012, and at the time were even said to be in the lead for his signature, but on January 31st the then 18 year-old signed a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee for West Ham.
Ravel Morrison – currently on loan at QPR
The contract included a clause which said Manchester United would receive £25,000 for every game Morrison played for West Ham, and currently he has played 18 times for West Ham with three goals, and he has one year left on his contract this June.
So it’s a little bit of a surprise that there’s a story in FootballDirect news that Alan Pardew is now determined to sign Ravel, who has played four times with two goals for the England U21 side.
Morrison is now on loan at QPR, and he has two goals in four appearances for the Championship side, and Ravel was even compared with Paul Gascoigne earlier in the week, and that’s some compliment.
Ravel was a bit of a challenge as a young player at the Red Devils for Sir Alex Ferguson, and he’s not a player who’s particularly easy to manage, and while Liverpool are said to also be interested, Brendan Rodgers isn’t totally convinced he has the right temperament.
But Alan Pardew is said to still be very keen on the player he wanted to sign for Newcastle over two years ago, and the Newcastle manager has no doubts about the 21 year-old.
It looks like Morrison could be signed for around £4M or less, and a source said to be close to Morrison had this to say:
“Alan loves him – he has no reservations about him – and is determined not to miss out twice.”
One of Alan’s good points is that he loves the challenge of managing difficult players, and he handled Joey Barton – as one example – very well indeed.
For just £4M, this English youngster would be well worth it – and there’s no doubt he’s a gifted player – even if he is difficult to manage – and it always helps when a manager really believes in a player – and that should help Newcastle sign the 5’9″ tall play-maker.
We really hope this news is true, and Newcastle are even said to be favorites to sign the Manchester-born player this summer.
What do you think?