West Ham sign Man United bad-boy
Published 21:19 31/01/12 By Darren Lewis
West Ham have landed highly-rated youngster Ravel Morrison - but only after insisting on a behaviour clause in his contract.
The talented youngster, 19, signed on a three-and-a-half year deal from Manchester United for a fee which could rise to £3million.
But the Hammers are also understood to have taken into account the midfielder's troubled time at Old Trafford, during which he fell foul of boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the police.
All players already have a gross misconduct clause in their standard contracts, which means clubs can terminate their deals but still demand a fee if he goes anywhere else.
But West Ham are understood to have included a clause which means Morrison is liable for losses incurred if his behaviour means they are unable to recoup the money they have spent on him.
It is a clause the east London club are understood to have had before in the contract of at least one player to protect themselves.
Morrison is delighted at sealing his move to the Championship club.
He said: "I'm really pleased to have signed. I'm looking forward to hopefully moving up the Premier League with West Ham."
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said: "Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way.
"Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first-team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent."
Morrison, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season, was shown the door at United after demanding a bumper new deal despite making just three first-team appearances.
Sir Alex Ferguson described his demands as "unrealistic".