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Ravel Morrison joins West Ham United while the Red Devil’s swoop for Manchester City starlet on transfer deadline day

By James Coldwell

Ravel Morrison has finally completed his move from Manchester United to West Ham on transfer deadline day.

The 18-year-old midfielder joins the Hammers for an initial £650,000 fee that could rise to £2m with add-ons.

Morrison, whose contract was due to expire at Old Trafford in the summer, will receive a wage of around £12,000 a week with the possibility of this rising to as much as £65,000 if West Ham gain promotion to the top flight.

Reports suggested that the starlet had rejected a new contract from the Premier League champions earlier in the transfer window, triggering interest from a host of clubs including Spanish giants Barcelona.

Hammers boss, Sam Allardyce, suggested that Morrison will have a better opportunity to make the step up to first-team football at West Ham instead of the Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

“Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way,” he said.

 After the completion of his transfer, Morrison said: “I’m really pleased to have signed.”

“I’m an attacking player and I’m hoping to get the fans on their feet.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devil’s completed the signing of defender Frederic Veseli from rivals Manchester City.

The 19-year-old, who plays for Switzerland Under 20s, has impressed in City’s Academy side and will join the reserve team at Old Trafford.

Veseli said that he is relishing the prospect of working through the ranks at United and can’t wait to get started and show everyone what he can do on the pitch.

“Manchester United has a long history of younger players coming through and hopefully I can follow and do the same,” he said.

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