Newcastle Maintain Interest In Ravel Morrison
Newcastle United’s interest in Ravel Morrison continues, with United and Queens Park Rangers the two clubs showing the most enthusiasm, though Swansea are also said to be considering a bid.
The player has been linked with Newcastle a number of times, including when Manchester United eventually washed their hands of him and offloaded the midfielder to West Ham for around £500,000.
Only this March when looking forward to this summer window, a Newcastle United ‘club insider’ was quoted as saying, “Alan (Pardew) loves him, he has no reservations about him, and he’s determined not to miss out twice.”
Morrison has had a strange but relatively successful year.
Doing well for West Ham early in the last campaign, the midfielder scored a terrific solo goal against Tottenham and predictably the London driven press were talking about Morrison being World Cup material.
After scoring five goals from midfield in twenty appearances it all went wrong, rumours circulated that he was living up to his bad boy image again, though countering that there were also reports that claimed Morrison was in dispute with management at West Ham because they wanted him to swap agents.
Either way, Morrison wnt over to QPR on loan and with 6 goals in only 17 appearances, he helped seal Rangers’ promotion to the Premier League.
The latest reports have seen respected journalist Hugh Southon, who also publishes his own popular West Ham independent website ‘Claret and Hugh’, report that a source close to Ravel Morrison had told him earlier today ;
“Once the bidding starts it is far more realistic to think in terms of £3m as a starting point.
“West Ham have been talking in terms of £7m/£8m fro Rav, but that is a lot of cash for a player who was not a regular in the first team, and who went on loan to the Championship for 3 months.
“Newcastle are big admirers and with Rangers interest in the move remaining, any move from the Tyneside club would help the Hammers’ cause (to up the asking price).
“We expect something to break before pre-season starts.”
As the transfer window drags on, the longer it goes without Mike Ashley investing in players who tick all/most of the boxes, the likelihood of gambles on players with backgrounds such as Morrison’s will surely increase.
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