Premier League - Paper Round: City target ex-United whizzkid

Manchester City are reportedly ready to make a move for a man Manchester United let go just over a year ago.

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Manchester City's coach Roberto Mancini (Reuters)

Sir Alex Ferguson called controversial midfielder Ravel Morrison one of the most talented young players he ever worked with but still sold him to West Ham last January when Morrison played hardball over a new deal.

Morrison's attitude has always been called into question throughout his young career but this season, while on loan at Birmingham, he seems to have finally got things together and the big boys could be calling again soon.

According to the Daily Mirror, Morrison's performances in the Championship have impressed Manchester City and Roberto Mancini could be ready to offer the 20-year-old a shock return to Manchester.

City have made "discreet enquiries" about Morrison according to the paper, who is still likely to be sold by West Ham as manager Sam Allardyce is one of the personalities he has clashed with in the past.

"Arsenal and Newcastle have both been very keen on Morrison in the past, and there is clearly a feeling that he still has the ability to make it at the top - not only in the Premier League but even for England," says the Mirror.

"City have been keen to invest in young, British talent, which may explain why they are now keeping tabs on Morrison."

Also in the Mirror is the extraordinary claim that some Football League clubs want teams that are relegated from the Premier League banned from the Championship.

Clubs outside of the top flight are furious that parachute payments are to rise to £60m and are ready for an "all-out war" over the new proposal.

The potential ban on Premier League clubs was suggested by some League Two sides when the 72 Football League teams discussed the issue although an insider did admit to the Mirror that: "It was a very heated meeting (and) I am not sure that particular idea was well conceived."

The paper chat on Thursday was all about how Chelsea were after Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss but, according to the Sun, the Chilean wants to stay at Malaga "despite the fact they have not kept up-to-date with his wages."

Christian Benteke's ready to back Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert by rejecting a big-money move to London this summer. The 22-year-old striker's value has trebled since his £8million summer switch from Genk, with Arsenal and Spurs keen. (The Sun)

Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes has been warned he will not be allowed to join Arsenal this summer. The Spanish giants' vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he would rather allow Valdes to leave Camp Nou on a free next year than sell him this summer. (Daily Mirror)

And finally, Chelsea were closing in on the £20 million signing of Andre Schurrle on Thursday night after Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller travelled to London to close the deal. (Daily Telegraph).

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