Sky Bet Championship sides Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough have registered their interest in West Bromwich Albion forward Callum McManaman, but the Baggies won’t let him leave for less than £7 million, reports The Telegraph.
AFC Bournemouth are also monitoring the situation, but a move for the 24-year-old by Boro or QPR is now likely to be a loan move after the significant price tag was placed on his head.
The former Wigan Athletic winger has been at the Hawthorns barely a year after joining in a £4.75m deal from the Latics in January 2015, but has made just seven starts and a further 11 appearances from the substitutes’ bench.
QPR and Middlesbrough are understood to have made enquires this week, but were told by Albion boss Tony Pulis that any permanent deal would cost them £7 million.
The Hoops are looking to bolster their attacking threat after allowing star striker Charlie Austin to join Southampton in a £4 million deal on Saturday, while Boro want to strengthen their squad to boost their push for promotion.
After being released by Everton at the age of 16, McManaman joined Wigan and went on to score 10 goals in 79 appearances for the Latics in six years with the Greater Manchester club, including a man-of-the-match performance in the 2013 FA Cup final in a 1-0 win over Manchester City.
Boro stay two points clear at the top of the Championship despite a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City yesterday, while QPR moved up to 15th with a 3-0 win away at Rotherham United, a first win for manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.
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