Football League Championship side Queens Park Rangers are expected to sign highly-rated midfielder Ravel Morrison on loan from West Ham United next week, according to Sky Sports.
The England youth international, 21, started the Hammers’ 2013/14 English Premier League on cracking form but has been out of the first-team since the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on 21 January with a groin injury.
Earlier this week, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce publicly expressed his annoyance with Morrison’s lengthy absence, insisting the club’s medical staff have told him there is ‘no problem.’
“Listening to our medical staff, there is no problem that he can carry on — not at all,” Allardyce said.
“He says he feels it occasionally. Instead of gritting your teeth and getting on with it… he’s not the type.
“Lots and lots of players throughout the country will be playing with a similar type of injury that the medical team say, ‘You can carry on, it’s not a problem.’”
Morrison, who joined West Ham from Manchester United on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2012, has totaled five goals and two assists in 21 appearances in all competitions for West Ham this season.
The Red Devils receive £25,000 every time Morrison plays for the Hammers, as per a clause in the deal between Manchester United and West Ham — priced at 9/1 to be relegated to the Championship this term.
Marcos Senna inks contract extension with New York Cosmos
Former Spain international midfielder Marcos Senna has signed a contract extension with NASL side New York Cosmos which will keep him at the James M. Shuart Stadium until July 2015, NBC Sports understands.
Senna, 37, was an integral part of the Spain squad that won Euro 2008 and was named the Don Balón Award winner, Spanish Player of the Year, the same year.
“I’ve had an incredible experience in New York so far,” said Senna.
“Right now, my body feels great and I want to keep playing for as long as possible. This has been a fantastic move for my family and me and we’re looking forward to another great year.”
The 37-year-old midfielder, who scored six goals and earned NASL Best XI honours in his first year at the club, helped lead New York Cosmos to the NASL title last season.
“Marcos was a tremendous presence for us last year,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese.
“His leadership helped the team come together and physically his skills are still at a very high level. We’re delighted to have Marcos with us through the 2015 spring season and following that, both sides will sit down and discuss the feasibility of a further extension.”