By Wayne Veysey

16th Oct, 2020 | 9:34am

Exclusive: Swansea City set to beat West Ham & Norwich to signing of QPR 24-yr-old

Swansea City are close to securing a deal to sign QPR defender Ryan Manning on a permanent deal, Football Insider understands.

As revealed by this site earlier in the summer, West Ham, Norwich City and Watford were all in the hunt for the 24-year-old as he entered the final year of his contract with the Hoops.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Swansea have won the race for the left-back and that he is set to complete his move ahead of today’s 5pm domestic transfer deadline.

Manning, who joined QPR from Galway United back in 2015, has established himself as a mainstay for the club with 96 first-team appearances under his belt.

The versatile talent initially played as a midfielder for Rangers before he moved into a more attacking role, which included playing as a winger, during the 2017/18 campaign.

He joined Rotherham United on loan for the first half of the 2018/19 season and scored four goals in 18 appearances as he continued to ply his trade in the middle of the park.

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However, last term saw Manning establish himself as QPR’s first-choice left-back as he started 41 of a possible 46 Championship games and chipped in with four goals and seven assists.

His ability to operate in an advanced role from defence caught the eye of a number of clubs over the summer but it is Steve Cooper’s Swansea who have won the battle for his capture.

Manning is set to be the Swans’ seventh new addition ahead of Friday’s deadline, although four of their signings have joined on loan.

In other Swansea City news, Football Insider have delivered a major update in the club’s pursuit of Harry Wilson.