Newcastle United are assessing the talents of Queens Park Rangers’ Ryan Manning ahead of a potential January move for the defender, according to Football Insider.
Manning has thrived in the Championship so far this season in a new role at left-back, after manager Mark Warburton converted the versatile midfielder into a defensive option at Loftus Road.
Galway-born Manning has never held down one regular position during his sporadic appearances at QPR, with managers deploying the natural left midfielder as a holding, attacking and wide right option, as they made use of the former Republic of Ireland youth international’s versatility (TransferMarkt).
But he has managed to find a home for himself at left-back this term under Warburton, where Manning has started all 11 of QPR’s Championship games prior to the international break, and scored against Bristol City in the R’s Carabao Cup First Round win in August (WhoScored).
The 23-year-old is set to be out of contract next summer, though, which has sparked attention from the Premier League, despite the West London outfit holding a one-year option to extend.
Newcastle and Southampton are said to feel they can tempt QPR into parting ways with Manning in the winter for a cut-price fee, with a source from within the Toon allegedly claiming the Magpies expect £2m-£3million to be enough.
United will continue to monitor Manning’s situation at Loftus Road over the coming months ahead of a potential January move, having been impressed by his efforts in the second-tier this term.
Manning moved to QPR from Irish First Division side Galway United in January 2015 (per the club’s official website), but struggled to cement his place in West London until the 2016/17 campaign, when he made 18 outings in the Championship.
The following term saw Manning make a further 19 appearances in the second-tier before joining Rotherham United on a half-season loan deal, where he scored four goals in 18 games, after which he returned to Loftus Road to add an additional nine outings to his record (per TransferMarkt).
This season has seen Manning bring his total appearance record for QPR to 64, and hold a goal involvement of ten (four scored, six assisted) across all competitions.
Newcastle have a potential opening at left-back next season with Jetro Willems’ future at St James’ Park uncertain given he is on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, although United hold an option to purchase the Dutchman (Chronicle).
Matt Ritchie can also supply cover for the full-back position, but Toon boss Steve Bruce may see Manning as a long-term solution for the role, given his efforts in the Championship this season.
No player has created more chances for QPR than Manning so far this term, with the Irishman penning 25 key balls in 11 games, 11 of which have been long-passes (WhoScored). He has also completed nine of 17 dribbles, won possession with 25 of 28 tackles, 15 interceptions and 17 aerial duels.
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