Newcastle Ravel Morrison bid rejected by Manchester United

Toon snubbed in 500,000 bid to sign United teenage contract rebel Morrison

Newcastle have made the first move in the race to sign in-demand teenager Ravel Morrison but Manchester United have rebuffed their opening bid.

The promising 18-year-old forward put a host of Barclays Premier League suitors on alert when he rejected the champions latest contract offer.

Morrison's Old Trafford deal expires this summer and it is understood the club have reluctantly placed him on the transfer list rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Ravel Morrison

Highly-regarded: but Ravel Morrison's United career has been dogged by personal problems

Newcastle are believed to have
pounced with an ambitious 500,000 bid but United reportedly refused,
waiting an improved fee and a significant percentage future sell-on
clause.

Tottenham and Arsenal are also
monitoring Morrison's situation but United have not yet given up
completely on finding a solution to keeping the talented prospect

However, it is very much the case that Morrison’s problems are beginning to impact on his standing at the club.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief
executive David Gill have done everything they can to help the teenager
during a time when he has been in and out of trouble with the police.