Morrison bids – the background story


rav5Ravel Morrison’s West Ham future has been very much on the line for several weeks after a series of alleged behind the scenes ‘dramas’.

And the news today that Fulham are reportedly interested in landing the midfielder comes as no real surprise given the various reports we have carried on Claretandhugh.

We understand that this may not be the end of what could be a window “free for all” for his services and have been told that up to six clubs could be involved in the fight for his signature.

Talks were held as long ago as three months with West Ham when we understand the player’s advisors were keen to do a deal of around £40,000 a week personal terms with the player.

They also wanted to include triggers in the contract which would raise his basic by increments of between £10,000 – £15,000 per refused bid!

For example, his basic salary would rise to £60,000 if a £10 million bid came in and were turned down; £70,000 for a £15 million and so on.

Alleged arguments over various issues with the manager were never denied  when we asked our own questions and thus we are now seemingly at a crossroads.

On December 30 we reported: “The responses to some pretty intense questioning seems to suggest that the player’s future as a Hammer at the end of the month remains no more than 50/50.

Morrison is reported as wanting the move to Fulham where he would be reunited with Rene Meulensteen but time will tell if there’s much in the report.

The Fulham manager is a huge fan of Morrison from their time together at Manchester United and is ready to take advantage of the player’s contract situation, with 18 months remaining on his current deal.


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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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