West Ham are considering a bid for Southampton transfer target Ryan Manning ahead of the January window.
Manning has impressed in the Championship with QPR this season at left-back, after playing for Rotherham on loan last term.
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Should Southampton press ahead with a move for Manning?
Yes. Ryan Bertrand is the club’s only senior left-back at the moment and he has been in and out of form over the past 18 months or so, and is currently serving a suspension. Southampton need more cover and competition at left-back, which would make Manning an ideal target.
He is, of course, unproven at Premier League level, but at 23 he has plenty of time to develop and evolve as a player. Manning could prove to be a good investment if he continues to impress and progress at left-back, although it is unclear as to how much QPR would want for him in the January window.
Manning is a key member of their squad as they sit near the play-off places in the Championship. If they are still close to the top six in January it would be hard to see them letting him go.