Allardyce: West Ham want to keep Ravel Morrison

The Hammers starlet has been linked elsewhere this summer but, providing that injury and wage demands do not get in the way, his manager wants to harness his talent at Upton Park
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is keen to keep Ravel Morrison in the hopes that the midfielder can recapture the form that he showed in the early stages of last season.

The England Under-21s international has been linked with a move away this summer after a bright start to 2013-14, though he was loaned out to QPR in February after fading from the first team.

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Allardyce chalks up some of his poorer form to a long-standing hernia problem, for which he has now had surgery, and would prefer to harness the youngster's talent at Upton Park as long as his wage demands do not become problematic.

"He's contracted to West Ham," the manager told reporters.

"I think he's had a hernia op. Once that's healed up I hope he becomes a better player because he has been playing with it for a while. The groins have been causing him a problem for a while.

"If you've got pain, I don't think you perform to your best. Hopefully that pain will have ended and he'll be a much freer, more active player for us. If he could do what he did last season, that would be great because, when he broke in to the side early last year, he had a great spell. Unfortunately he couldn't sustain it.

"If he continues to do what he did last season then yes [we want to keep him] but that does depend on how much players want, how much they demand. If that demand is far too great then that becomes a difficulty for us."