Ravel Morrison has terminated his contract with West Ham, allowing his proposed move to Lazio to go through.
Described as the best player the club had produced since Paul Scholes, the England U-21 International’s career has faced a downward dwindle due to off-field troubles, that initially saw him shipped off by Manchester United, and later by West Ham to various clubs on temporary basis.
It was initially revealed that the youngster was set for a move to the Italian capital based club. The move though, was held up due to a dispute between the player and the Hammers over one month’s wages believed to be around. £60,000.
The issue has finally been sorted, with Morrison poised to join Lazio. A statement on West Ham’s official website read:
“West Ham United can confirm that the Club have reached agreement with Ravel Morrison to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
The 22-year-old midfielder joined West Ham in January 2012 and made 24 appearances in his three years at the Club, scoring five goals.
The Hammers would like to wish Ravel every success in his future career.”
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) February 8, 2015
After leaving the Red Devils in summer of 2012, Morrison joined Birmingham City on-loan. After impressing manager Sam Allardyce, he was thrusted into the first team at the start of last season. This was followed by unsuccessful loan spells with Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff CIty.
In order to seal a move to Italy, Morrison last month signed a pre-contract agreement with the Biancocelesti, and was even pictured with a Lazio shirt with his name on the back.
The youngster, who turned 22 earlier this month, had only 6 months left on his current contract with the Londoners.