The Scottish Sun has claimed that League One side Sunderland have tabled an offer for Ayr United’s out of contract striker Lawrence Shankland, who continues to drum up interest from English and Scottish clubs.

It has been widely reported over the course of the 2018/19 season that Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland is on the radar of a number of Championship and League One clubs.

Now, it has been claimed by the Scottish Sun that Sunderland has made their move to try and tempt Shankland to the Stadium of Light, offering the 34-goal striker a contract with the club. The 23-year-old is out of contract this summer and his exit from Ayr seems to be a certainty.

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Championship sides Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Hull City have all been linked with a move for Shankland this summer. Scottish Premiership side Rangers have also been credited with interest, and Hearts are the latest Scottish side to express their interest in the striker.

Shankland finished the 2018/19 season with a stunning goal record of 34 goals in 40 games. 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.

Now, after spending his entire career in Scotland so far, Sunderland will be hoping that their offer can tempt Shankland south of the border for the first time in his career. Jack Ross is determined to sign the striker this summer as he looks to bring in some new faces to help them in their promotion bid next season.

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