Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton is not concerned by rumours linking Ryan Manning with a move to West Ham.
Manning’s impressive form this season has earned him some Premier League admirers. But, speaking to West London Sport, Warburton explained that “it doesn’t bother” him.
This report notes that West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle United have all been credited with an interest in Manning. The 23-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this season so these clubs were reportedly eyeing a bargain.
However, QPR have the option to extend it by a further 12 months so he will not become a free agent. Moreover, the West London outfit are trying to tie him down to a longer deal.
Mark Warburton on Ryan Manning
Warburton confirmed that Manning is happy at Loftus Road. He told West London Sport: “Ryan’s been playing well and it’s part and parcel of the game that there’ll be speculation about a player who’s performing well.
“It doesn’t bother me and I know Ryan is happy here and knows he has to stay fully focused. In many ways the more speculation there is about players the better. It means they’re doing well.”
Where would Ryan Manning fit in?
If West Ham did move for Manning in January, it would be to fill the left-back spot. Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku continue to rotate in this department with Manuel Pellegrini not entirely convinced by either.
Although both have signed long-term deals, many West Ham fans feel that a new left-back is needed. Manning has been playing there for QPR this season so this would probably be his position.
The Republic of Ireland international can also play in midfield so he is a versatile and young option. Having proven himself in the Championship, a Premier League move could be his next step. But Warburton does not appear to be concerned ahead of the January window.