Ravel Morrison tells West Ham he wants to join Fulham

The Hammers are ready to cash in on the England under-21 international to improve their squad in other areas and boost their chances of Premier League survival
By Greg Stobart

Ravel Morrison has told West Ham that he wants to join Fulham this month, Goal can reveal. 

Fulham have made an approach to West Ham over a bold move for the England under-21 international and are ready to pay around £5 million plus add-ons to bring him to Craven Cottage.

Morrison has made it clear to Hammers manager Sam Allardyce that he would like to move to Fulham, who will offer an increase on his £15,000-a-week wages and the chance to re-unite with Rene Meulensteen.

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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.

West Ham are willing to listen to offers for the England under-21 midfielder and use the money to strengthen their injury-hit squad, especially with suggestions that the midfielder’s notoriously bad attitude has resurfaced in recent weeks while he has been sidelined with a groin problem.

Morrison, 20, has an £18m release clause in his contract while there is another clause that means West Ham would have to quadruple his wages to £60,000-a-week if a club makes an offer worth £10m or more.

The relegation-threatened Hammers have made little progress in their attempts to agree a new deal with Morrison that would remove the clauses from the contract and are now aware of his desire to leave Upton Park.

West Ham would be reluctant to sell Morrison to another team in the relegation battle but Fulham are the only team to have shown concrete interest, despite long-standing interest from Newcastle.

There are concerns about the consequences of keeping Morrison against his will given his history, having been sold 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.

Despite his considerable talent, United sold Morrison to West Ham for an initial £650,000 before he joined Birmingham on loan last season.

This term, Morrison has broken in to the West Ham side and made 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals while also starring in his three matches for England under-21s.

He has been struggling with a groin injury in recent weeks but returned to play 90 minutes in Sunday's humiliating 5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

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