Morrison talks on the way


RavelQueens Park Rangers will take their first step – or otherwise – on trying to sign Ravel Morrison later this week.

We understand that owner Tony Fernandes and manager Harry Redknapp will discuss whether they want to bid for the player before the weekend.

ClaretandHugh reported yesterday that sources close to the player were awaiting news from the Loftus Road club on a possible bid.

And this morning we were told: “We are aware of meetings inside the club this week and hope to hear one way or the other soon.”

The Hammers have a valuation of between £8 million – £10 million on the player but speaking exclusively to us a few days ago, club co owner David Sullivan admitted Ravel’s Upton Park career “isn’t necessarily over.”

The controversial Morrison has a reputation of being “high maintenance” player and should they bid QPR might try hedging their bets by possibly throwing Adel Taarabt plus cash into the deal.

Complicating the issue is that the Hammers board have demanded more flair  from manager Sam Allardyce and it won’t sit well if they now go ahead and sell the one player who can provide it.

Meanwhile, the player himself – said to still be suffering a groin injury after missing the Championship play off final has tweeted his desire to return and become West Ham’s Number 10 next season

The former Manchester United forward has 12 months left on his deal at Upton Park and the Hammers need to sign him to a new long term deal or lose him for nothing next year.

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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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