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Ravel Morrison targeted by Sporting Lisbon

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Ravel Morrison could be provided with a way out of West Ham by Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

Speculation regarding the future of the talented 21-year-old has been rife this summer and the Brentwood Gazette claim Sporting are one of a number of clubs interested in taking him away from East London.

Uncertainty

Morrison's future is up in the air at Upton Park after the club's co-owner David Sullivan seemed to disagree with quotes he'd attributed to manager Sam Allardyce.

Sullivan is quoted in The Guardian saying: "Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans.

"I think he [Allardyce] said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract.

"We do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player he’s not going to play."

Allardyce's team are currently enjoying a pre-season tour of New Zealand without Morrison, who was left at home to undergo surgery on a groin injury.

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Sporting attraction

With Morrison's future being far from clear, The Brentwood Gazette suggest Sporting Lisbon, as well as Swansea and Russian side CSKA Moscow, are keen on a move for the former Manchester United youngster.

Should Sporting's rumoured interest materialise into a concrete offer, Morrison could become the second young British talent to make the move to Lisbon this summer. Earlier this summer Dundee United's Ryan Gauld was tempted to the Portuguese capital by the chance to play for the club that nurtured talents such as Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

A move to Sporting would also give Morrison the chance to show his undoubted ability on the European stage with the club having qualified for next season's Champions League.

Morrison's past

Having joined West Ham in January 2012, Morrison spent the 2012/2013 season on loan at Championship side Birmingham and impressed enough for Allardyce to thrust him into first team action last season.

His early season form was good, and by mid-November he'd already bagged five goals from midfield, including a stunning effort against Tottenham that drew comparisons to Michael Owen's famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

However, the youngster's impact on the first-team began to dwindle and by February he found himself on loan at Harry Redknapp's QPR in the Championship. Despite impressing, his future at West Ham is yet to be resolved, and a move to the continent could be on the cards.

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