Scouts Track Defender

Last updated : 04 November 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Newcastle United continue to keep tabs on QPR’s Ryan Manning.

The Hoops are likely to face a battle to hold onto the 23-year-old this winter with Premier League clubs circling, as per the Lancashire Evening Post.

Scouts from Newcastle are believed to have watched Manning in action at the weekend against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Manning, who is a former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, has been transformed into a left-back by the R’ boss Mark Warburton in this campaign having traditionally been a midfielder. He has played in all 15 of QPR’s games in the league this term.

He started his career in Ireland with spells as a youngster at Mervue United and Galway United before he moved to England to join QPR in January 2015.

He was shipped out on loan to Rotherham United for the first half of last season and scored four goals in 18 games for the Millers before returning to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in January.

Manning’s contract at QPR expires next summer, although Warburton’s men do hold an option to extend it by a year. Could he be on his way to the top flight to Newcastle this January?