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Newcastle battle Saints for Manning

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Newcastle are battling their Premier League  rivals for Queens Park Rangers left back Ryan Manning, according to Football Insider.

The outlet claims that are interested in getting the 23-year-old for between £2-3million come the winter transfer window, with the player out of contract come next summer.

Manning has been in terrific form for QPR since being converted into a left back by Mark Warburton, attracting the interest of the Saints as well as and co.

However, the London club do have the option to extend Manning’s contract for another year.

OPINION

There’s no doubt that Manning has been one of the stars of the early part of the season for Warburton’s side. It was a stroke of genius for the former boss to shift him from midfield into defence, much like former chief Rafael Benitez did with Matt Ritchie last season. The question for becomes whether they are willing to outbid a team like Southampton, and whether Manning is good enough to improve Bruce’s team. The first part of that question is difficult to answer, because owner Mike Ashley has splashed out on players like and Miguel Almiron over the past year. As for the second one, we’d have to take a look at the statistics. As per WhoScored.com, Manning is achieving a much higher average WhoScored rating than Newcastle’s two left wing backs, Jetro Willems and Ritchie. He is achieving a 7.11 rating at this moment in time, with Ritchie on 6.82 and Willems 6.81. He’s also averaging the most tackles of the trio, while he’s being dribbled past the least as well. However, there are other categories where the men have the edge.

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