Pulis admits McManaman could be set for WBA exit; QPR reportedly interested

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis in action with West Bromwich Albion's Callum McManaman

The former winger has struggled for regular football since moving to the Hawthorns, and he could fall further from the first team before the end of the transfer window.

Burnley's David Jones (R) in action with West Brom's Callum McManamanBurnley's David Jones (R) in action with West Brom's Callum McManaman

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has admitted that winger Callum McManaman could look to leave the Hawthorns in the near future, as the Baggies look to strengthen their squad, in comments appearing in the Birmingham Mail.

QPR are one of the sides who have been linked to the player, who may well be available for loan or transfer with Pulis still eager to recruit wide midfielders.

McManaman failed to make the match day eighteen for the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and after just two league starts last season, the Baggies boss has revealed that the ex Latic could move on with others ahead of him in the battle for first-team football.

"We'll see," he is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail after being questioned on McManaman departing.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

"Players want to play games, and Callum's no different to anybody else. He'll want to play."

The development of prodigious youngster Jonathan Leko also looks to have played a part in McManaman slipping from favour, with Pulis a big fan of the academy talent.

"[Jonathan] Leko has been brilliant, he was unlucky not to start," he added on the 17-year-old.

"I'm ever so close to playing Leko, so we had Leko and McClean on the bench plus the two other wide players."

McManaman exhibited superb form while in the Premier League with former club Wigan Athletic, scoring six times in 30 matches in the Latics final season in the top flight that also saw Wigan lift the FA Cup.

The winger also impressed in the following seasons in the Championship, which convinced Pulis to make him his first Hawthorns signing. But the 25-year-old has been unable to replicate his form for the Baggies, failing to find the net in his 25 appearances across one and a half seasons.

West Bromwich Albion's Jonathan Leko in actionWest Bromwich Albion's Jonathan Leko in action

With Pulis signing Matt Phillips from QPR this summer, and also eager to add Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp to his squad, there is little chance of McManaman fighting his way back into the first team, especially considering the manager's thoughts on the hugely talented Leko.

Londoners QPR are said to be one of a number of sides interested in McManaman, as they look to build on their early league form by adding a player to compete for the wing spot made vacant by Phillips' departure.

The Hoops have been linked with the player before, with the Mail suggesting in 2015 that QPR were looking into a swap deal between the two players while McManaman was still at Wigan.

West Brom's Callum McManaman in action with Swansea's Bafetimbi GomisWest Brom's Callum McManaman in action with Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis

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