“Innocent Ravel is no bad apple”



Sources close to Ravel Morrison were today posing a hugely important question as the  player  headed for Queens Park Rangers on loan

A near tidal wave of anti-Morrison publicity has been washing across West Ham in recent days but during a ClaretandHugh probe  it has became clear that much of it may be an innocent victim of bad tempered’ hype.’

And a source said to us:  “Two former Manchester United favourites who know him very very well were desperate to sign him in January so how could he be such a bad apple?

“Former Fulham boss  Rene Meulensteen and Cardiff City’s manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer were both after him which speaks volumes for the boy’s developing character and maturity.

” Come on, let’s be realistic – these two guys know him well from his Old Trafford days when he was suffering the worst of his problems.

“If they were in any way worried about his personality and attitude it’s not very likely they would have wanted to invest cash and their Premier League survival hopes in him is it?”

Solsjkaer was disappointed when it became clear that Morrison would not be moving to Wales and Fulham’s interest faltered amid claims of tapping up by the Hammers.

However, ClaretandHugh has unequivocal proof that was not the case and that the Irons were ready to entertain bids.

We have also learned that a West Ham contract promised to Morrison back in November was later withdrawn by the club and that later the controversial incident involving agent Mark Curtis erupted.

Morrison  never had any intention of joining  Curtis stable but claims he had been pestered for days to join him  and it is that which has no led to him moving to Queens Park Rangers on a 93 day loan deal.

Rangers and former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp believes the player is one of the finest young talents in the country and we have been told the 21 year old was delighted when he moved for him.

A source said: “He believes he can play a part in a team that plays free flowing football but there’s unlikely to be a return to West Ham after the events of recent months.

“He has never had the sort of difficulties which are being attributed to him in his relationship with players. All he wants to do is play football.

“He’s looking forward to his time at QPR and is happy to be joining a manager who believes him to be a top player who can really help his cause.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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