West Ham’s Ravel Morrison could be on his way to Italy, with Lazio in talks to land the controversial youngster.
Despite having a £18m buyout clause in his contract, the Hammers are reportedly willing to part ways with the England U-21 International, whose contract expires in the summer.
Morrison, who was a part of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning side alongside Paul Pogba in 2011, was sold to Sam Allardyce’s West Ham for an undisclosed fee. Seen as the best player the club had produced since Paul Scholes, Ravel’s off-field antics saw him offloaded by the Red Devils. Upon his transfer to the London side, Sir Alex Ferguson said,”Brilliant footballer, brilliant ability with top class ability. Needs to get away from Manchester and start a new life”
After being promoted to the Premier League, West Ham loaned Morrison to Championship side Birmingham, where he showed glimpses of his supreme potential.
Returning from a fruitful loan spell, Allardyce promoted the 21-year-old in the first team, where he scored three goals. That was followed by a loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff, with the latter seen as the last straw in his West Ham career.
Although the Hammers reluctant to keep the troubled star, Allardyce was still optimistic. “It’s not that he has to impress me as a footballer, we know about his talent. It’s about playing the talent and himself to a disciplined life in general, is what needs to happen with Rav. If that happens we’d want him here.” the manager said.
As reported by Sky Sports, a dispute between Morrison and West Ham over one month’s wages of £60,000 is holding up any potential deal. The Manchester born youngster is till on West Ham’s books until the summer, and Morrison has called the PFA to intervene in the matter.
Morrison, by moving away from his native country, would be hoping to revive his promising career which was otherwise blighted by attitude and off-field problems.
Sunil A Markal
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