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Allardyce and West Ham board divided on Ravel Morrison; Juventus sign Roberto Pereyra

Allardyce and West Ham board divided on Ravel Morrison; Juventus sign Roberto Pereyra

The West Ham United F.C. board and manager Sam Allardyce do not agree over the long-term future of midfielder Ravel Morrison.

The England youth international, 21, is not part of Allardyce’s plans for the upcoming season despite contrary view from the club’s co-owner David Sullivan.

Morrison, formerly of Manchester United, fell out-of-favour with Big Sam last term and was subsequently loaned to Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

After helping the Super Hoops win promotion back to the English Premier League, Morrison is said to be attracting interest from Russian giants CSKA Moscow and Swansea City but Sullivan is keen to keep the young star at Upton Park.

“Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans,” Sullivan told talkSPORT.

“I think he [Allardyce] said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract.”

Sullivan added: “We do like him. We do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player if he’s not going to play.”

Morrison has not joined the first-team for their pre-season tour in New Zealand, having undergone successful groin surgery.

Juventus sign Roberto Pereyra

Juventus have completed the signing of Roberto Pereyra from Udinese on a season-long deal for €1.5 million.

Pereyra, 23, joins the likes of Álvaro Morata, Frederik Sørensen and Patrice Evra at the Juventus Stadium ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

“Juventus Football Club can today announce that Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra has completed a move to the club after terms were agreed with Udinese on a one-season loan deal for a fee of 1.5 million,” read a statement on the club’s official website, Juventus.com.

“The agreement includes the option for Juventus to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2014/15 campaign for a price of €14 million, to be paid over the course of three years.

“This fee could be increased by a further €1.5 million should Pereyra achieve certain predefined sporting targets by 30 June 2020.”

Pereyra, who netted six times in 36 league appearances for Udinese last season, is delighted to join the Bianconeri.

“I’m happy and proud to be here. I still haven’t spoken to Allegri but we’ll get the chance to soon,” the Argentine midfielder said.

“There are plenty of champions here and I’ll be watching closely in training to try and learn from them.”

Former Azzurri forward Antonio Di Natale, a team-mate of Pereyra in Udine, has backed Pereyra to be a success with Juve.

Fri 25 July, 2014
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