It appears that Sheffield United beat the Salford City owner to the midfielder’s signature.

Gary Neville has revealed he enquired about signing Ravel Morrison for Salford City before the midfielder’s move to Sheffield United.

Neville, who knows Morrison from their time together at Manchester United, is among the owners of the newly-promoted League Two side.

But his approach came too late for the 26-year-old, who was on the verge of joining Sheffield United at the time.

Asked how he thinks Morrison will get on at Bramall Lane, Neville told Sky Sports’ The Big Season Debate: “I had a little cheeky nibble at him for Salford.

“I thought: ‘Where is he even now?’ Little direct message on Twitter, do you know what I mean? ‘What you up to, Ravel?’

‘Oh I’m just signing for a Premier League club.’

‘Oh right, OK. All the best, mate.'”

Morrison, who last appeared in England’s top-flight five years ago, has signed a one-year deal with Sheffield United which contains a 12-month extension option.

The previously highly-rated Manchester United academy product showed glimpses of his potential at West Ham United, but left for an ill-fated spell at Lazio after experiencing mixed success while on loan to Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

He later returned to QPR on a temporary basis and had short stints in Mexican and Swedish football before joining Sheffield United.

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