Newcastle look set to test Manchester United’s resolve to keep hold of their troubled starlet Ravel Morrison with an improved £1 million offer for his services, according to The Independent.
The Magpies had an offer of £500,000 turned down by United for the 18-year-old, billed as the most naturally talented player to grace the United youth system since Ryan Giggs.
While his talent is beyond doubt, Old Trafford officials are said to be growing tired of his behaviour off the field, with the latest media speculation suggesting he was caught stealing a watch from team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
During his time at Old Trafford, Morrison has had numerous brushes with the law, having pleaded guilty to witness intimidation last year for which he received a 12-month referral order, while he also pleading guilty to criminal damage charges after throwing a mobile phone out of a window.
However, Toon boss Alan Pardew believes he can lure Morrison to the Sports Direct Arena and rein in his natural exuberance to help maximise his potential.
Morrison is out of contract at the end of the season, and is yet to be offered a new deal with the reigning Premier League champions.
While United are reluctant to let the talented youngster leave the club and join a rival team such as Newcastle either, The Independent report they may follow in the footsteps of Barcelona and allow him to leave the club, but with buy-back clauses written into his contract.
Teams in Europe have reportedly shown an interest in securing Morrison’s services, and would be able to complete a deal for as little as £300,000 if he chooses to run down his contract.