According to a report from The Northern Echo, Newcastle United are one of the teams interested in signing Queens Park Rangers full-back Ryan Manning in January.
Manning has made an excellent start to the season. The Hoops have quickly become an incredibly exciting side to watch under Mark Warburton, and the 23-year-old has been a revelation at left-back.
The former Rotherham United loanee had predominantly played across the midfield before the start of this season. But he has provided three assists in 11 Championship games so far this term.
The Northern Echo reports that Manning’s contract at Loftus Road expires this summer, but QPR have the option to extend his terms by 12 months.
And it appears that the second tier side have a battle on their hands as they look to keep the youngster. The Northern Echo reports that Newcastle are monitoring Manning as they consider their plans for January.
It is suggested that QPR are likely to demand around £3 million for the defender.
While Newcastle fans will be hoping for marquee deals in January, signing Manning could still be a good piece of business.
He will not be particularly expensive. And given his age and the fact that he has just started to hold down a new position, he looks to have the potential to get significantly better in the coming years.
Manning’s versatility could also prove beneficial for Steve Bruce. He has already played in every midfield role during his career, while he has also played up front and now, at left-back.
It may not be the kind of deal that captures the imagination on Tyneside. But Manning’s form suggests that it could be a very shrewd move from the Magpies.