Ravel Morrison: QPR close on deal for West Ham midfielder

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison is on the verge of signing a loan deal.

Redknapp said the 21-year-old is ready to play despite injury concerns.

"We are hoping to take him on loan until the end of the season. Certainly in the next few days we are hoping to get it sorted," said Redknapp.

Ravel Morrison factfile

  • Born: 2 February 1993, Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester
  • Manchester United: Joined as schoolboy. Released by Sir Alex Ferguson who said: "I think he's better out of Manchester". Transfers to West Ham in January 2012
  • Birmingham City: Scored three goals in 30 games on loan at Birmingham City in 2012-13 season
  • West Ham: Has scored five times in 16 league and cup games this season, including solo goal in October's 3-0 win over Tottenham

"He's a fantastic talent and could make all the difference. He seems a decent lad and a talented footballer."

Morrison, who joined the Hammers from Manchester United in January 2012, has missed out on first-team action recently after impressing earlier in the season.

Earlier in the week, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce said: "Ravel is still complaining about the problem that's he had from before Christmas - that he's got a rumbling groin problem.

"He says he feels it occasionally. Instead of gritting your teeth and getting on with it... he's not the type.

"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'."

Redknapp admitted on Friday that taking the England Under-21 player, who has had disciplinary issues in the past, was "a gamble" but indicated his fitness was not a big concern.

"As far as I know, he's fit and ready to play. Hopefully he's OK," he said.

"It is a gamble. If he didn't have a problem somewhere, we wouldn't get him at QPR. He'd still be playing at Manchester United.

November: Morrison's amazing backheel volley in training

"We need someone who can unlock a defence, someone who can suddenly do something special and turn a game for you. I think Ravel might be one of those players."

Morrison, who was linked with a move to Fulham in the January transfer window, has not started a Premier League game since facing his former club Manchester United on 21 December.

Since then, he has started the FA Cup and Capital One Cup defeats by Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, and came on as a substitute in the league defeat by Newcastle.

With the transfer window closed, any loan deals involving Football League clubs are classed as "emergency" loans, which can only be for a maximum of 93 days.