Derby County are looking to tie up a deal to bring Ravel Morrison to Pride Park this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by John Percy, with The Telegraph journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that, following the EFL granting Derby permission to sign five players on free transfers, Wayne Rooney is planning to make the 28-year-old one of his first signings of the summer.
Percy goes on to state that both Curtis Davies and Andre Wisdom also look set to be offered deals in the coming days, with the pair’s previous contracts with the Rams having expired at the end of last season.
While Morrison was widely tipped to be the next big thing after breaking through the Manchester United academy – with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming he was the best player he had ever seen at 14 years old – things ultimately did not work out for the midfielder at Old Trafford, with the Jamaica international eventually being sold to West Ham United in 2012.
However, Morrison went on to feature just 24 times for the Hammers over his two-and-a-half-year spell in east London, scoring five goals and providing two assists along the way, before being released in February 2015.
The midfielder, whom Kevin Nolan once dubbed a “frightening” prospect, then bounced around the world on a number of loan and permanent moves, featuring for clubs such as Lazio, Ostersunds, Atlas Guadalajara and ADO Den Haag, but failed to ever fully live up to his early promise.
However, with Rooney having experienced first-hand the midfielder’s potential during their shared time at Manchester United, as well as appearing thoroughly impressed with the 28-year-old after taking him in on a trial with the Rams this summer, there would seem no better manager than Rooney to finally fully unlock Morrison’s undoubted ability.
And, should the 35-year-old manage to do so, the signing of the Jamaican could prove to be a huge coup for Derby, with the man reported to be earning £1.3k-per-week at ADO Den Haag clearly having the ability to perform at a much higher level than the Championship – the only question is whether he can do so on a regular basis at Pride Park.