Ryan Manning’s impressive first season for Queens Park Rangers has attracted Premier League interest, according to The Mirror.
The 20-year-old midfielder made the breakthrough at Loftus Road this season, with Ian Holloway promoting him to the first team in December. Manning has shown tremendous promise since given the opportunity and this has reportedly led to interest from fellow London side Crystal Palace and Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. His flair and physicality would make him an attractive target for Premier League suitors.
Manning has played in central midfield, on the left wing and on the left hand side of a back three for Holloway this season – demonstrating his versatility and technical ability. He has also played as a striker at youth level for Ireland.
The Galwegian joined QPR in 2014 while Harry Redknapp was at the helm. Despite only being 18 at the time, he had already played two full seasons of senior football with Mervue United and then Galway United and is one of the League of Ireland’s most exciting exports in recent years.
Manning’s form also earned him his first call-up to Noel King’s Ireland under-21 side, which beat Kosovo in their opening European Championship qualifier. He will be hoping to catch the eye of Martin O’Neill and could be in line for a call-up to the senior set-up this summer.
In addition to Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Austria, the friendlies against Uruguay and Mexico could be the perfect opportunity for Manning to show his international and possibly Premier league potential.
Neither Palace or Bournemouth are mathematically safe from relegation. However, a move to either could be the next step in Manning’s career after he had to bide his time at QPR despite being one of their best performers at development level.
A move to Bournemouth could see Manning link up with current Ireland midfielder Harry Arter, a similar type of midfielder.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena