QPR boss not worried about Manning interest

QPR boss Mark Warburton has shrugged off reports linking Premier League clubs with Ryan Manning.

The Irishman has been outstanding at left-back so far this season and reports have suggested he has been tracked by Newcastle and Southampton.

London Football News understands that West Ham have also shown an interest in Manning, who recently won a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

However, Warburton has told West London Sport he is not worried he might lose Manning and believes the player is happy at QPR.

“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,” Warburton said.

“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.”

Manning’s contract expires at the end of the season, with reports suggesting clubs have therefore been alerted to his potential availability.

However, West London Sport have been reporting for some time that QPR are set to tie Manning to a new deal and have options to extend the contracts of Manning and Bright Osayi-Samuel by 12 months.

If that is the case, it would mean that both players are effectively under contract at Loftus Road until 2021.