Manchester United have turned down a bid from Newcastle United for starlet Ravel Morrison, say Sky Sports.
The Red Devils are resigned to losing one of the most promising young stars to come out of their academy in years.
Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to keep hold of the 18-year-old but contract negotiations have broken down and Morrison seems destined for the Old Trafford exit door.
Toon boss Alan Pardew wanted to snap up the young forward before a host of Europe’s top clubs have time to act, but their offer was deemed insufficient.
Morrison’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season but United would prefer to cash in before then.
As the player is under 24, United would receive compensation of about £300,000 of development costs when he moves to a new club on a free transfer.
It is thought The Toon offer was in the region of this figure but officials at the Sports Direct Arena were given short shrift by their Old Trafford counterparts.
It has been reported that Morrison’s change in agent has led to discussions over a deal breaking down, coupled with United losing patience with his series of off-field problems.
The England Under-19 international has been in and out of trouble with the police, as well as pleading guilty to charges of witness intimidation last year.
European giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in recent weeks.