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Allardyce: United could come back for Ravel Morrison

Oct 13, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT

Can Ravel Morrison help West Ham shock Man City at Upton Park? Getty Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that with Ravel Morrison beginning to prove his worth, it could mean an unfortunate end to his time at Upton Park.

Big Sam conceded that the former Manchester United youngster could end up back with his old team, with West Ham unable to resist any big money offers should one arrive.

“I don’t know if there is a buy-back clause and what that figure might be if it even exists,” Allardyce told the Sunday People. “But my real big worry is that Manchester United will come back to buy him.”

The Red Devils sold the 20-year-old in January of 2012, believing him to be a bust.  Now, with two goals this season and a handful of impressive performances, Allardyce has cited other occasions as proof that a hefty offer would be irresistible for a club of West Ham’s status.

“Look at what happened when Chris Smalling played a handful of games for Fulham – United jumped in with £10 million” explained Allardyce. “Then there was Phil Jones when I was at Blackburn – that’s what you are up against.”

It certainly would be hard for West Ham to resist that type of offer, but at the same time if a £10 million ($16 million) package were to be accepted, they would feel a certain level of accomplishment on the business.  Morrison arrived at Upton Park for less than £1 million ($1.59 million) less than two years ago.