Report: Sunderland among four clubs eyeing Lawrence Shankland

Sunderland manager Jack Ross celebrates with the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on...

Sunderland are taking on the likes of Hull City and Wigan Athletic for striker Lawrence Shankland.

Lawrence Shankland of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

Sunderland are amongst a group of four sides set to take a look at Lawrence Shankland after the Ayr striker's ridiculous start to the season, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (23/09; page 61).

Shankland has been superb so far this term. He has scored 15 goals in 12 appearances for the Scottish Championship side in all competitions, and now has a queue of clubs forming ready to consider a potential move.

 

The Sun on Sunday (23/09; page 61) reports that the Black Cats are planning to scout the 23-year-old, while Championship pair Hull and Wigan are also keen and non-league Fylde complete the quartet.

Jack Ross' men ended their wait for a win in September in emphatic style on Saturday as they thrashed Rochdale 4-1 at the Stadium of Light to move up to third in the League One table.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross applauds the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in...

Despite the impressive victory, it is probably not a massive surprise that Shankland is a player that Ross has his eye on with January edging onto the horizon.

Sunderland do not have a huge number of striker options available, so strengthening up front will surely be a priority during the next window for the Black Cats.

But if Shankland - who briefly played under Ross at St Mirren - maintains his current strike-rate, it would be almost inevitable that Sunderland would have to see off significantly more competition if they hoped to bag his signature.

Joseph Mbu of Edinburgh City  challenges Lawrence Shankland of St Mirren  during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in...

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