Irish full-back Ryan Manning has reportedly been drawing the interest of a host of Premier League clubs following the 23-year-old’s promising start to the Championship season with QPR.
Manning, who is a midfielder by trade, has moved into the left-back position at Loftus Road this season and has managed to make the spot his own with the club currently sitting ninth in the table.
The former Galway United man is coming into the last season of his contract at QPR – although he does have the option of another year – with a host of top flight clubs monitoring him as a result.
According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in his signature, potentially in January, as they look to strengthen for the second half of the season.
West Ham and Watford are also keen on the versatile Manning according to London Football News, while Football Insider claim that Southampton are looking at a cut-price deal for the 23-year-old.
Manning spent last season on loan at Rotherham scoring four goals in 27 games for The Millers, and was reintegrated into the QPR team by Mark Warburton upon his return to Loftus Road for this campaign.
He has started in all eleven of QPR’s games so far this season notching up three assists from his new position at left-back for the London club.
Manning’s strong start to the campaign had led to calls for his inclusion in the Irish squad but he failed to make the cut for the games against Georgia and Switzerland.
Before that, Manning had failed to make Mick McCarthy’s 40-man squad for the home game against Switzerland as well as the friendly against Bulgaria.
Manning has yet to make his senior international debut, despite winning nine caps for the Irish U21s and may feel that a move to the Premier League will aid his chances with the Boys in Green.