Time has been running out for Ravel Morrison at West Ham for a while now, and it's nearly up.
Morrison is a huge talent, described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the most naturally gifted player at Manchester United since Paul Scholes, but he was unwilling to put up with off-field behaviour seen as troublesome, and the player was even him taken to court for his misdemeanours.
Yet it can't be denied he is an immensely talented footballer, if he can avoid distractions and apply himself. That will see him given another chance somewhere, and why not a club which has limited options?
Leeds United have been given a transfer ban, but can still sign players out of contract or on loan deals. The list of players without clubs is a poor selection at present, with most having long-term injury issues.
Morrison automatically becomes an enticing option if his release is confirmed and can bring to Leeds what they don't already have - a naturally gifted winger.
As the bad boy of English football, Leeds as a club themselves are hardly in favour with the Football League with the owner Massimo Cellino appealing his ownership ban and a transfer restriction also placed over them. He'd have the potential to become a cult hero at the club if he could match his footballing gifts with hard work, which for a brief period at West Ham it appeared he was able to do.
He has recently been on loan at Cardiff City, and has not made an impact, but given a fresh start on a permanent deal, there's a strong chance he improves. West Ham had a reported £18 million release clause in his deal for a reason, and this emphasises why many clubs will feel he is worth the gamble.
Head coach Neil Redfearn has a track record of working successfully with young players, and he may stand as good a chance as anybody of getting the 21-year-old back on track.
Check him out scoring a sensational goal for England's under-21s in training...