Newcastle are said to be tracking QPR’s Ryan Manning in an exclusive report from Football Insider.
The 23-year-old was converted into a left-back late last season and has excelled in his new position. He had been primarily used in central midfield or as a left winger.
Manning is a former U-21 Republic of Ireland international who joined QPR from Galway United in 2015. He is still on the original deal he signed which is due to expire next summer. Although QPR do have a clause to extend it for another year.
Ryan Manning– Newcastle tracking the versatile youngster
Manning has played every minute in his 13 appearances for QPR this season with 1 goal and 2 assists. It is reported that a fee around £2-3m would be enough to tempt QPR to sell.
Southampton is also said to be very interested in a January move for Manning.
We are not sure what to make of the link to this player. He has definitely found superb form since moving to left-back where his strong crossing ability is best put to use.
With him being such a versatile player who would not command a large fee, he could prove to be a useful addition to the squad. If Newcastle opt against giving Matt Ritchie an extension, Manning would be a decent replacement.
Ritchie’s contract expires in 2021. If he and the club can not reach common ground on an extension, Newcastle could look to cash in on the 30-year-old in the summer.
We also expect Newcastle to exercise the £6m option to make Jetro Willems’s move from Frankfurt a permanent one. Willems is a bargain for that reported fee.