Ravel Morrison (Midfielder)
2nd Feb 1993 (Manchester, England)Signed:
31st Jan 2012 (£650,000)Contract:
3Ĺ yearsPrevious Club:
Goal of the Season 2013/14; Young Player of the Year (runner-up) 2013/14; Most Improved Player (third place) 2013/14; Most Missed (runner-up) 2013/14, 2014/15; Worst Player (runner-up) 2014/15.
Rated by none other than Sir Trevor Brooking as being as gifted as a teenage Paul Gascoigne, Ravel Morrison joined West Ham in January 2012 hours before the end of the winter transfer window.
A player steeped in controversy due to several brushes with the law, the Mancunian wild-child represented a relatively low-risk signing for Sam Allardyce given that he cost United just ?650,000.
Prior to joining West Ham, the attacking midfielder had been the subject of bids from Newcastle United (rejected) and Bolton Wanderers (accepted but failed to agree personal terms).
SILKY: The goal against Tottenham that earned Morrison a place in West Ham folklore
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson had previously claimed that the youngster's wage demands had priced the player out of a new contract at Old Trafford, although Morrison (replying via his Twitter account) denied that he had turned a contract offer down.
With his contract at Old Trafford due to expire in the summer of 2012, West Ham moved to snap up the prodigious young talent - who has represented England at all levels from under-16 to under-19 - for the knock-down fee with less than 12 hours of the transfer window remaining.
SILKY: Morrison leaves four defenders in his wake during an England Under 21 international