Many questioned Manchester United’s decision to allow mercurial-but-troubled talent Ravel Morrison sign for West Ham for a measly sum of £650,000. However, it has been revealed that the Premier League champions are continuing to profit from the sale of the 20-year-old as he gets time on the pitch for the Hammers.
As part of the deal that took the talented attacker to London, West Ham must pay United £25,000 for every first-team appearance that the player makes for the Upton Park club. With Morrison featuring in eight games for Sam Allardyce’s side this season, West Ham have already handed over an extra £200,000 for the player.
When the deal was in place back in January 2012, an initial fee of £3 million was discussed between the sides. However, with West Ham in the Championship at the time and unable to meet United’s valuation, the pay-per-play clause was incorporated into the England under-21 star’s deal.
With Morrison reveling in his place in the West Ham side and starting to live up to his potential, West Ham won’t begrudge the extra payments for a player that has match-winning ability. Morrison has already netted four times this term, including a spectacular individual effort for the Hammers in their 3-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane in their last Premier League fixture.
Morrison signed a three-year deal with West Ham and as such only has 18 months left to run on his current contract. The Telegraph report that the 20-year-old’s representatives are in the process of negotiating an extended contract with the Upton Park outfit, with West Ham also keen to prolong the attacker’s stay at the club.
With Morrison staring for his club and recently making his debut for Gareth Southgate’s England under-21 side, West Ham would be best advised to sow up a new contract sooner rather than later. The hype surrounding Morrison has been substantial this term, and it would be no surprise if a top English club made an attempt to pry the player away from Sam Allardyce’s men.
United will hope that their former charge will continue to prosper at the London club, and as such will profit from his solid performances on the pitch.
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