Fulham to launch fresh move to sign Ravel Morrison from West Ham

The Hammers midfielder wants to move to Craven Cottage but is likely to be disappointed as the club continue to demand £10m for a deal before the transfer window closes on Friday
By Greg Stobart

Fulham will make a final move to sign Ravel Morrison from West Ham before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

The Cottagers value Morrison at around £6 million and will make an improved bid after their initial £4m offer was rejected earlier this month, but the west London club are pessimistic about their chances of landing the midfielder.

West Ham have told Morrison that he will not leave this month unless a club meets their £10m valuation, which would trigger a clause that states the Hammers must increase his earnings to £60,000-a-week.

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Fulham will test the Hammers’ resolve with a fresh bid but co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are reluctant to do business with Fulham after reporting their relegation rivals to the Premier League for an illegal approach to the player.

West Ham were furious when Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen claimed that Morrison wanted to move to Craven Cottage, as first reported by Goal earlier this month.

The controversial England under-21 international is keen to re-unite with Muelensteen, who he knows from his time at Manchester United, and is keen for more playing opportunities having found himself on the fringes of the West Ham side.

Morrison, 20, could also expect a significant increase on his current £15,000-a-week salary if he joins Fulham, with West Ham making no progress in offering him a new deal, even though his contract expires in the summer of 2015.

There are concerns within West Ham about Morrison’s drop in attitude since Fulham’s interest emerged and the club accept that the attacking midfielder remains likely to leave in the summer, when Newcastle may revive their interest.

Morrison is a notoriously difficult character and was sold by Manchester United to West Ham by United in January 2012 after a series of off-field misdemeanours threatened to ruin his chances of making it as a professional footballer.

After a loan spell with Birmingham last season, Morrison has broken in to the West Ham side this campaign and made 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals while also starring in his three matches for England under-21s.