One of the big stories in the Sunday papers, concerns new West Ham wonder kid Ravel Morrison.
Since Morrison announced himself with an excellent solo goal for the Hammers at Spurs last week, there has been plenty of speculation as to why Manchester United let the troublesome youngster leave Old Trafford.
The reliable Jason Burt reports in the Sunday Telegraph that “Manchester United receive a payment of £25,000 for every first-team appearance Ravel Morrison makes for West Ham United. The instalments are part of the complicated deal that sent the 20-year-old to Upton Park last year and add to the initial £650,000 transfer fee that West Ham paid.”
Burt adds: “When Sir Alex Ferguson decided to sell Morrison in January of last year, a £3 million fee was discussed with West Ham, who were then in the Championship. But the London club eventually paid a fraction of the figure that was initially demanded upfront and instead agreed to pay United per game, which not only demonstrated their willingness to invest in Morrison but also the concerns over whether he would ever eventually knuckle down and succeed in the Premier League.”
As a result, whilst a payment of £25,000 may seem steep, it would appear the Hammers stop paying once the fee hits the 3 million pounds requested by Manchester United.
So, if Morrison can remain on the straight and narrow, West Ham look to have secured a true bargain and most West Ham fans will agree that last week’s performance at Spurs was worth a hell of a lot more than £25,000.
The Mail on Sunday report today that Ravel Morrison will be offered a new West Ham deal in January as he has 18 months left on his current deal at Upton Park.