Between his age, skill, and performance this season, some would see Ravel Morrison as the most valuable player in West Ham’s squad. That, along with the club’s depth in the middle, may be why the up-and-coming midfielder could be sold in January.
According to the Telegraph, West Ham would like to make four purchases during the upcoming transfer window. Although manager Sam Allardyce has been told he will have money to buy regardless of what happens to Morrison, the England U-21 international could still be moved next month, with that money going to make improvements in West Ham’s 19th place squad.
Midfield is one place West Ham has depth, making Morrison expendable. While he has more potential than the likes of Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diamé, and Mark Noble, he also has a much higher market value. Having cost the Hammers just over $1.7 million so far (the payments to Manchester United increasing with each appearance), the 20-year-old’s sale could allow West Ham to realize a significant profit.
In 15 games this season (12 starts), Morrison has scored three times and collecting two assists while on an inexpensive $1.23 million per season deal. According to the Telegraph, however, a rare contract clause would see that salary would automatically quadruple should another club table a $16.5 million transfer bid for him. Morrison’s contract also contains a release clause just south of $30 million.
Given the talent Morrison has put on display this year for England’s U-21s, West Ham shouldn’t have trouble finding a buyer for their young midfielder, particularly given his current salary is very low. Whether they make enough to serve their other purposes is another matter, but with names Johnny Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic, and Demba Ba linked in the Telegraph’s reporting, making $10 million on Morrison could allow West Ham to swap depth for some much-needed help.