Manchester United academy, current West Ham United player and regular bad boy Ravel Morrison seems poised to become the latest of a very small group of English footballers to sign for a European club outside the British Isles.
According to multiple reports out of the UK, Morrison is in talks with Serie A side Lazio as the Manchester-born midfielder has been told by his current club to find a new club during the January transfer window.
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Morrison, 21, was at one time one of the brightest prospects coming out of the Man United academy but continuous off-the-field trouble derailed his United career as he left for West Ham in Jan. 2012. Since then, he’s made 24 first-team appearances for West Ham, and a combined 54 appearances for Birmingham City, QPR and Cardiff City during three different loan stints.
The friction between Morrison and West Ham came to a head this week as the Professional Footballers’ Association was called in to settle a dispute between player and club over his £15,000-per-week wages, which have been repeatedly docked, wrongly so in Morrison’s opinion, for misconduct. He has since been demoted to training with the under-21 squad as he seeks a move away from the Boleyn Ground.
Morrison is also due in court this month on accusations he assaulted his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother.
Gifted with “brilliant ability,” according legendary Man United manager Alex Ferguson, even the Scotsman grew tired of Morrison’s unwanted distractions and inability to fully apply himself to his craft. Ferguson said following his move in 2012 that Morrison needed to leave Manchester behind and “start a new life” in order to succeed. Only time will tell whether a move abroad will finally put Morrison on the straight and narrow.