Morrison set for Hammers

Red Devils youngster likely to join Championship leaders

Ravel Morrison: Manchester United midfielder is closing on a move to West Ham United

Sky Sports sources understand Manchester United teenager Ravel Morrison is closing in on a move to Championship leaders West Ham United.

Morrison is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season and it appears the Premier League champions have accepted an offer from the Hammers.

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The Red Devils rejected a bid from Newcastle United earlier in the transfer window after Sir Alex Ferguson stated that Morrison had rejected a new deal.

The 18-year-old subsequently took to Twitter to insist he had not turned down an extension, but the midfielder now looks to be on his way out of United.

He is regarded as the most gifted youngster to have come through the United ranks for many years, but has also encountered problems off the pitch.

The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Roma and Paris St Germain have all been linked with moves for Morrison, but West Ham appears his destination.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is preparing for a busy deadline day after lining up deals for Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te and Genoa forward Ze Eduardo.