Transfer news: Ravel Morrison reported transfer target for Cardiff City as West Ham United exit looms

West Ham midfielder could be on his way out this January

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Cardiff City are reportedly keen to sign West Ham's Ravel Morrison this January although they may face competition from Fulham.

The highly-rated 20-year-old is reportedly keen on either option due to connections forged at Manchester United with both managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rene Meulensteen.

Morrison currently has 18 months remaining on his £15,000-a-week contract with the Hammers but that would have to be raised to £60,000 per week should the London side receive a bid of £10m for the player due to a clause in his contract, meaning the club could be tempted to cash in on the player if a bid of more than £5m was offered - according to reports.

The midfielder reportedly wants a dramatically improved contract if he is to consider staying in east London, which has led to increased speculation that he will be leaving this window.

Both Solskjaer and Meulensteen worked with Morrison as part of Manchester United's coaching staff although the Fulham manager is thought to be in pole position to secure his signature as a result of Solskjaer's relatively recent arrival at Cardiff.

However with Morrison keen to try and make a late push for England's World Cup squad, either option is thought to be attractive to the midfielder.

Morrison has been out of action since 5 January with a groin strain, but West Ham hope he may be available for this weekend's clash with Newcastle.