Brendan Rodgers hopes Celtic agree deal with QPR for 21-year-old

According to the Irish Independent, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to land the signature of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ryan Manning. If Ryan Tierney is sold to Manchester United this summer, the money could go towards landing Rangers’ 21-year-old.

United are being linked with a £10m move for Tierney, which could be reinvested on the midfielder. Manning isn’t a first-team regular with the London outfit, making just 16 league appearances this season, although he’s featured more regularly in recent weeks.

Signed from Galway United in 2015, the Ireland u21 international has made 36 appearances in all competitions for Queens Park Rangers, scoring and creating six goals. He can play attacking-midfield and left-wing and could have a bright future if he gets regular playing time.

The S*n believe money isn’t likely to be a factor in landing his signature as Celtic are set to receive £27.6m in TV money from the Champions League, more than United, so the sale of Tierney may not be directly linked to Rodgers making a bid for Manning.

The Celtic left-back has no desire to leave either. He recently said:

“I’m not thinking about anyone other than Celtic just now. I’m enjoying my career here; I’ve just signed a six-year deal, so if that doesn’t say long-term, I don’t know what does.”

 Manning has played so few games in his three years at Loftus Road, it’s hard to see him commanding a large transfer fee.

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