Sam Allardyce: 'Ravel Morrison is an exceptional talent'

Ravel Morrison
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Sam Allardyce describes Ravel Morrison as an "exceptional talent" following his move to West Ham from Manchester United.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has described Ravel Morrison as an "exceptional talent", following the player's move from Manchester United.

The Hammers confirmed a £650,000 deal for the youngster on deadline day, after a troubled time at Old Trafford.

Morrison was allowed to leave United after a series of off-field problems that resulted in various fines and court appearances and the 19-year-old saw his route to the first-team blocked because of his consistent poor behaviour.

"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," said the West Ham manager.

"Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first-team football quicker.

"There is no doubt he has exceptional talent."

Morrison made three first-team appearances in his time at the Red Devils.

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