Former Manchester United rebel Ravel Morrison, now of West Ham, is being chased by Birmingham City manager Lee Clark as he hopes to re-sign the youngster on-loan for the second season running.
Morrison impressed in the Midlands last season following a move from Upton Park, and made 30 appearances scoring three goals for Birmingham last season. And it is this form that has made Lee Clark return to the midfielder, and try and secure his services again next season.
Clark is also monitoring the situation of young Newcastle winger Shane Ferguson, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Birmingham as he tries to force his way into Alan Pardew's Newcastle team. He made 11 appearances for Lee Clark's side after signing in February last season, scoring once- a fantastic free-kick in the 4-0 demolition of promoted side Crystal Palace.
Clark will look to utilise the loan market this summer due to Birmingham's current financial misery. With chairman Carson Yeung facing charges of money laundering in his native Hong-Kong, Clark has been told by the Birmingham board that there will not be plentiful funds next season.
And the Birmingham boss has admitted that he will look to the loan market and youth academy prospects to lead Birmingham's promotion charge next season.
"How many more players? It's a tough one because as you know and as I've shown in the past, I like to promote from within as well. The scholars came in on Wednesday and I've sat down with them to throw down the gauntlet- why don't you take the positions or have a go at taking the roles?" he told the Birmingham Mail.
And Clark also revealed that he is in discussions with West Ham United and Newcastle, trying to force through moves to bring Morrison and Ferguson back to the Midlands next season.
"There's that possibility, but there's also a possibility in regards Shane Ferguson and Ravel Morison. We're still in dialogue with Newcastle and West Ham. I would really like to get them, but we've got to see," Clark added.
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