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Newcastle United close to signing Lazio midfielder

Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison, according to The Sun.

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

Premier League sides Hull City and Sunderland, along with Newcastle’s Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, are also interested in signing the former Manchester United midfielder – as we reported yesterday.

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

The loan move was successful 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.  The midfielder was then loaned to Queens Park Rangers in February 2014 and went on to score six goals in 15 games.

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.  Rumours then began that Morrison could be set to leave West Ham.

Lazio signed Morrison on a free transfer at the end of the season, having agreed a pre-contract with the player in January.  Morrison failed to appear often for the club, however.

Newcastle have already assembled a very strong squad and are favourites to win the league this season.  Morrison could provide extra flair to the midfield and get his career back on track if he makes the move back to England.  However some will be of the opinion that Morrison’s attitude could be a problem.

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