West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce felt Ravel Morrison had turned the corner after accepting a pay-cut.
Allardyce, 58, knew the signing, who he admitted was a gamble, had finally grown up when agreed to less pay for first-team football.
"That spoke volumes for him to me," Allardyce said. "I want to play first team football and I will take less money to play first team football. I don't think I have seen that for 15-20 years so I am a great admirer for someone who did that. Birmingham couldn't afford his wages. We made a slight commitment and he made a big commitment."
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