Sam and Rav talks look nailed on


Ravel mSam Allardyce is fully expected to have serious talks with Ravel Morrison over his long term Hammers future when he returns to the club in pre-season.

Claretandhugh has learned there’s a big desire to ensure the England under-21 midfield ace becomes a trusted long term member of the squad.

Despite the alleged history between the manager and player, senior figures inside the Boleyn are hoping that Morrison is now ready to settle down and fight for his place on a weekly basis..

There has often been a perception – rightly or wrongly – that given his rapid rise to stardom earlier in the season Ravel may have seen his first team involvement as a given and became too easily disappointed when he wasn’t selected.

And it seems that it may be that, rather than differences of opinion of agents and the like, which is the situation the boss has to manage.

A trusted source explained that talks between the player and manager were almost certain to go ahead when Rav returns from his stint on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

He said: “There’s a perception around that Ravel and West Ham is a thing of the past. That’s not necessarily the case at all. It looks about fifty fifty as we speak but expect Sam Allardyce to do everything he can to sort it out.

“Everybody knows the boys a genius, including Sam, but that doesn’t mean he can play in every game. We want him on a long term deal. There’s no doubt about that.

“The manager will undoubtedly hold talks with him in the summer and will do all he can to get things together. He’s our player and we want the situation sorted.”

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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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