According to an ‘exclusive’ from Football Insider’s Peter O’Rourke, Newcastle sent scouts to watch QPR star Ryan Manning in their game at Elland Road last weekend.
The same report also claims that the versatile 23-year-old – who can play at wing-back or in midfield – will be available for ‘£2-3m’ in January as his contract is due to expire next summer.
The game itself ended 2-0 to Leeds in a top of the table clash in the Championship, with Manning playing the full 90 minutes from left wing-back.
The Republic of Ireland international has played in all 14 of QPR’s games this season and has weighed in with an impressive 2 goals and 3 assists from wing-back.
This isn’t the first time he’s been linked over the past few weeks. His age, potential and alleged price-tag seem to fit in with the sort of deal Mike Ashley would happily sanction, but I have my doubts that we’re after another left wing-back when capable duo Jetro Willems and Matt Ritchie will be fighting for that spot when the latter returns from injury.
Time will tell if our interest really is serious.