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Nottingham Forest to battle Premier League clubs for Lazio midfielder

Nottingham Forest are set to rival Premier League sides Hull City and Sunderland for Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison, according to the Daily Mail.

Morrison signed for Lazio in July 2015 on a four-year contract but is keen to return to England before the transfer deadline tomorrow.  The midfielder made only six appearances last season, with his manager Stefano Pioli criticising his effort and ability to speak Italian.  Despite this, Morrison reportedly feels as though he will return to England as a more rounded player.

Morrison began his career with Manchester United, making only three first-team appearances before signing for West Ham United in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee.  For the 2012-13 season, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wanted Morrison to get more first-team football so the midfielder was loaned to Championship side Birmingham City.

The loan to Birmingham was a successful one, and Morrison scored three goals in 27 league appearances.  The midfielder impressed many with his skill on the ball and work rate.

The following season Morrison began the season in Allardyce’s first-team plans, scoring a superb goal against Tottenham Hotspur.  However the midfielder was loaned to Queens Park Rangers in February 2014, going on to score six goals in 15 appearances for the club.

Sam Allardyce said in September 2014: ” “It’s not that he has to impress me as a footballer, we know about his talent. It’s about playing the talent and himself to a disciplined life in general, is what needs to happen with Rav. If that happens we’d want him here.”

Morrison was loaned to Cardiff in the same month but his loan spell was ended early after seven games without a goal.

Lazio signed Morrison on a free transfer at the end of the season but failed to appear often for the club.

If Nottingham Forest can fend off competition and sign Morrison, they will be signing a midfielder who has a good Championship record.  The biggest problem with the move would likely be the player’s attitude to playing in the Championship once again.

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