West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Manchester United midfield target Ravel Morrison may have had his head turned by reported interest in his services.
The England youth international has been heavily linked with a move to Fulham in recent weeks, with The Daily Mail claiming the 20-year-old is keen on a move to Craven Cottage.
And, ahead of the League Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, the Hammers chief hinted that the player’s agent has impacted the youngster’s mindset.
“It’s like everything. This window creates a hysteria. People will tell you somebody is going to come and get you,” said Allardyce.
“That could then turn your head, probably based on the money that people say you’re going to make.
“I would probably think that at every club there is a player unsettled because of mad January, this lunatic transfer window that creates havoc throughout the game.”
Morrison was tipped for big things during his time at Manchester United, but former manager Sir Alex Ferguson offloaded the player in January 2012 after a number of off-field issues.
He’s subsequently impressed on loan, and then again this season in the Premier League, leading to speculation at the end of December that the Red Devils could look to bring the 20-year-old back to Old Trafford.
David Moyes has of course replaced Ferguson at the home of the champions, but a £10million release clause is sure to be a stumbling block for Manchester United.
It’s former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen now pulling the strings at Craven Cottage, suggesting Morrison's ability on the pitch was without question during his time at the pair's old club.
It remains to be seen if Allardyce can persuade the player to remain at Upton Park, rather than search for pastures new.