Ravel Morrison is set to join Queens Park Rangers, in a loan deal which would see him eligible to play in a possible playoff final in May.
The 21-year-old was once regarded as the best young talent at Manchester United, but a number of off-field incidents saw him waste the opportunity of a career at Old Trafford. Instead, with his contract into its final six months, he quit his hometown club and joined West Ham United in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee.
Morrison’s move to the capital has allowed him to relaunch his career, and after an impressive loan spell at Birmingham City last term, he returned to Upton Park desperate to force his way into the first team. And after shining in pre-season, he was given his chance in the top-flight and has made 16 appearances, of which 12 were starts.
The youngster even provided the Hammers with one of their moments of the season, in the 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur back in October. Picking the ball up on the halfway line, the midfielder beat two home defenders, before drawing France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to score the second of his three league goals of the campaign.
However, Morrison has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, with reports suggesting he is once more displaying the sort of poor attitude which used to so frustrate Sir Alex Ferguson. Sam Allardyce has not selected the player since the League Cup semi-final second leg clash with Manchester City on 21 January, three days after his last league outing.
The West Ham manager is therefore willing to let the former Old Trafford kid leave on loan, and he is expected to complete a move to QPR next Friday. Harry Redknapp’s side are currently third in the Championship table, three points off automatic promotion, and the terms of the deal will see Morrison remain at Loftus Road for the maximum temporary spell of 93 days, meaning he would be eligible for a playoff final on 24 May.