The way some contracts are written and structured make for just as interesting of a story as any potential transfer rumor which one can hear and read with regards to a particular player. That is the case of West Ham United forward Ravel Morrison, who so far this season has seen a career revival at the age of 20 as his performances for a relegation-threatened team have stood out and caught many an eye.
Under his current contract with West Ham, Morrison earns around £15,000 a week and has an £18 million release clause in his contract which many Premier League teams are well aware of and would consider triggering at the end of the current season in a bid to sign the young England U-21 international. But a few days ago it was reported in the Telegraph and English daily that within Morrison’s contract exists some peculiar language that could potentially see him make a move during the January transfer window.
The newly discovered clause in Morrison’s contract that has opened many an eye is that if a team makes a £10 million plus bid for Morrison, West Ham would have to quadruple his salary. That means Morrison would go from earning £15,000 a week to £60,000 a week! With this in mind, Arsenal should make a bid for Morrison as he would be a great addition and fits what Arsene Wenger looks for in a player, especially from a forward.
First and foremost, Morrison is a young player whom still has lots of room to grow and mature as a player while displaying unbelievable talent and skill at his age, and under a manager like Wenger, he would continue to flourish and get better. This makes Morrison a value signing that will not only pay off in the short term, but will pay off in the long term. It is the type of signing which Wenger made many of early in his career as Arsenal’s manager which helped earned him the love and admiration of many an Arsenal fan.
In addition to adding a great young talent, making a bid for Morrison makes sense for Arsenal as they are in need of adding a striker. Lately many, including myself, have called upon Arsenal to sign and bring on a striker during the January transfer window, especially as Olivier Giroud has had a dip in form as of late. Adding Morrison would give Arsenal a legitimate second option to play as a more traditional No. 9 and also since he is not cup tied, he could be deployed when Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in their Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Arsenal are in a position where they find themselves with a chance to win the league and be able to add a quality player whom will help them in their run for the rest of the season and in the years to come. Therefore, Wenger and Arsenal should test the resolve of West Ham and bid for Ravel Morrison as he has all the makings to be an impact player at Arsenal now and in the future.