Dundee United sporting director Tony Asghar has confirmed that the club have made a move for Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland, who has been linked with a move to Championship sides Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Swansea City and League One side Sunderland.

A number of Football League clubs have been credited with interest in Ayr United hotshot Lawrence Shankland over the course of the past few months, and with his deal at the Scottish Championship side expiring very soon, the race for his signature seems to have hotted up once again.

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It has been confirmed that Dundee United have made a move to try and sign Shankland this summer, with his contract at Ayr expiring this week. It was claimed that Sunderland made a move for the striker earlier this month, but it has failed to develop into anything more than speculation as it stands.

Speaking out about Dundee United’s move, the club’s sporting director Tony Asghar said this (quotes via Chronicle Live):

“We are in talks with Shankland’s representatives and we have made an offer to come to Dundee United. We see Lawrence as a top player and we want him to be part of our Championship challenge and beyond.

“We know Lawrence is very much a player in demand and has a lot of offers elsewhere and we are hopeful things will come to a conclusion, either way, very quickly.”

With talks ongoing, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Swansea City and Sunderland will have to look to make a move soon if their interest in genuine.

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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.


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