Exclusive: West Ham, Norwich & Watford race to sign London-club left footer
West Ham, Norwich City and Watford are in the hunt to sign QPR star Ryan Manning, Football Insider can reveal.
The 24-year-old has shone for the Championship side this season after being converted into a left-back by manager Mark Warburton.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider the Premier League trio are all keen on Manning going into the summer’s transfer window, which opens on 27 July.
Manning was on the radar of Wolves, Everton and Newcastle United earlier in the season but their interest has now cooled.
However, West Ham, Norwich and Watford are all in the market for cover and competition for their left-back slots.
Significantly, Manning is out of contract at Loftus Road next summer and he will be available for less than the £5m QPR wanted in January.
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The versatile operator has spent most of this season at left-back and has thrived in the role.
He has started 39 of QPR’s 44 Championship matches and showed his attacking qualities with two goals and an impressive seven assists.
The Premier League big guns are attracted by his ability to operate higher up the pitch and provide accurate deliveries into the box.
He has spent most of his career in midfield and has also played for Rotherham United as well as teams in his native Ireland.
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