West Ham dodged a £5m bullet in failed swoop for ‘special’ talent one year ago: Our view

West Ham United dodged a bullet on Deadline Day one year ago by electing against a late transfer for Ryan Manning before the defender joined Swansea from Queens Park Rangers.

David Moyes had sought to strengthen the Hammers’ full-back options all summer with the 25-year-old high on his shortlist. That’s according to The Telegraph, who reported last July that he considered Manning a low-risk option to support Aaron Cresswell.

The Irons boss had kept tabs on the Ireland international throughout the 2019/20 season. Manning enjoyed a rich vein of form with QPR that term, offering seven assists and four goals. Enough for West Ham to consider a £5m transfer, per the Mirror (5/10/2020, P42).

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