Fulham had a £6m bid for the former Manchester United starlet rejected last night, but boss Rene Meulensteen – who worked with the playmaker during their time together at Old Trafford – made comments that have led West Ham to make a complaint to the FA over an 'illegal approach'.
Meulensteen, speaking after his side demolished Norwich City 3-0 in their FA Cup third round replay, said; “I have known him a long time. Yes. He does want to come here.”
The comments have caused a storm in London, as Meulensteen suggested that he knew Morrison wanted to sign for Fulham, despite not having permission to discuss any move across the capital. With relations between the two clubs souring over the complicated mess that is Morrison's future, could another former United coach be set to swoop in?
Morrison reportedly has a £10m buyout clause inserted into his contract, but West Ham could be open to selling for less than that – which has attracted the interest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently looking to revamp his Cardiff City squad having taken over from Malky Mackay earlier this month.
The former Molde boss has already brought two former United players to South Wales in Magnus Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli, whilst he is also being linked with moves for another ex-Red Devil in Mame Biram Diouf, as well as current United youngsters Fabio da Silva and Wilfried Zaha.
A move away from London may not be in Morrison's plans with the prospect of a switch to Fulham on the table, but the 20 year old needs to think about his next move carefully, particularly as all three clubs – Cardiff, Fulham and West Ham – find themselves entrenched in a relegation battle and hovering precariously above the drop zone.
With a history of off-field problems, Morrison has managed to rebuild his reputation at West Ham and become the talented playmaking midfielder that many expected him to be at Manchester United. Morrison needs to settle at a club for a period of time under the same manager, and even with Vincent Tan in charge at Cardiff, Solskjaer looks decidedly safer in South Wales than Meulensteen and Allardyce do in London.
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