Newcastle United have set their sights on versatile QPR star Ryan Manning ahead of the January window, Football Insider can reveal.

The 23-year-old has began the season in outstanding form after being converted into a left-back by manager Mark Warburton.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club are keeping close tabs on Manning as they assess potential value signings ahead of the January window.

Manning is out of contract at Loftus Road next summer, although the Championship club do have an option to extend his deal.

Premier League clubs, who also include Southampton, have been alerted to his potential availability in the winter window for what they think will be a cut-price fee.

The source told Football Insider that Newcastle believe the in-form ace could be prised from west London for a fee of between £2-3million.

That is the sort of cost that appeals to the north-east big hitters, who have been one of the lowest spenders in the Premier League during the Mike Ashley era.

Manning is on Newcastle’s radar following his impressive performances for Warburton’s ninth-placed side.

He has started all 11 of QPR’s Championship matches this season at left-back after spending most of his career in midfield.

Manning has been so consistently effective he tops the club’s charts for chances created, assists, crosses, tackles, possession won, touches, and fouls won.

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