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Ravel Morrison deal a big risk for promotion-chasing West Ham

| 31.01.2012

He has long been touted as one of the most talented players to emerge from the Manchester United youth system in many a year – but now Ravel Morrison will be gracing the Championship for the rest of the season as a West Ham United player.

The teenager joined the east London side for an undisclosed fee after failing to agree an extension to his contract at Old Trafford which ran out in the summer.

It’s something of a surprise to see the talented but volatile player leave, but regular first XI football looks to have been a big factor in his move south.

Speaking to the West Ham United official website, Morrison said: “I’m really pleased to have signed.

“The move has happened very quickly and I’m looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Premier League with West Ham soon. I’m an attacking player and I’m hoping to get the fans on their feet.

“I met with Sam Allardyce this morning and he welcomed me to the club. I also played with Robert Hall in the England team and I know him well so that will be really helpful to have someone here that I know.”

He joins a side chasing promotion but on the back foot after suffering a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Ipswich Town.

The defeat means the Irons are just three points ahead of Southampton at the top of the Championship and four points ahead of Cardiff in third.

The signing of Morrison will certainly give West Ham plenty of attacking options but with all the problems that come with the player, this could prove a crucial moment in the race for promotion.



Richard Anderson