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