Cardiff set to sign controversial ex-Manchester United playmaker - despite having no manager

Ravel Morrison low quality

Reports today speculate that Cardiff City are on the verge of signing former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison on loan from West Ham.

Cardiff City's time under Vincent Tan's ownership continues to be eventful. The Malaysian businessman hardly endeared himself to the Cardiff faithful by changing the club's badge and kit to suit the Malaysian market, but somewhat redeemed himself when the club achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Yet then he plunged himself back in to the bad books by sacking manager Malky Mackay despite the Scot being a fan favourite, and his replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed the keep to the Bluebirds in the top flight as they returned to the Championship at the first time of asking.

And after a poor start to the new season, former Norway striker Solskjaer lost his job as manager, leaving Tan to look for a new boss. His initial request to acquire Russell Slade from Leyton Orient has failed, meaning the search continues - but Cardiff are still set to sign players.

Reports today suggest that West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison is set for a loan move to South Wales having failed to break into the Hammers side this season. Morrison was outstanding on loan at Queens Park Rangers last season, but talent has never been the question with the former Manchester United youngster.

The playmaker has had a slew of off-field and attitude issues, which saw Sir Alex Ferguson give up on him at Old Trafford. Now 21, the precocious, creative midfielder needs to prove that his issues are behind him, and whilst he can make an impact on the pitch, this appears to be a signing driven by Tan given that there is currently no manager in place at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Signing a player who is so polarising to managers is a real risk from Tan, and he must feel confident that he will find a manager that can get the best out of Morrison, who can be a real asset when focused on football.

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