Over the past year or so, the form of Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland has been catching the attention of a number of Football League clubs, and he seems certain to make a move away this summer.
And, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, the club leading the chase to bring in Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland is League One side Sunderland. Nixon posted the update on Shankland’s situation on Twitter on Sunday morning, saying:
SUNDERLAND. Strong fav for striker Shankland at AYR. Also in race for defender Brockbank at BOLTON. Along with BRENTFORD and IPSWICH.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 9, 2019
It was reported here on The72 last month that Ayr chairman Lachlan Cameron said that Shankland is highly likely to be making a move away from the club this summer.
“We won’t stand in his way. He’s done well by us and we’re prepared to back him and I think it’s only a good thing for us as a club. If we want to be able to attract players like Lawrence we need to help them eventually get to a higher level.
“If we can continue that steady stream of talented players coming to us at the start of their careers then the better chance we have of moving forward as a club. And once we’re in a stronger position we’ll have more of a chance of holding on to players like Lawrence. But right now we’re not in a position to do that,” Cameron said (quotes via Nottinghamshire Live)
Shankland boasts a stunning goal record of 34 goals in 40 games across all competitions this season. In the 2017/18 campaign, the Ayr forward scored 27 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions. He is also an efficient provider, following up his 16 assists of last season with another eight this term.
Over the course of 2019, Championship trio Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Hull City have all been credited with interest in the striker, as have League Two side Oldham Athletic. While Sunderland head the chase for the 23-year-old, the saga surrounding Shankland’s future could rumble on for some time yet.