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Report: Swansea preparing to beat Sunderland to 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.

Swansea City are reportedly preparing a move for Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland.

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

According to the Scottish Daily Mail (30/10; page 53), Swansea City are preparing a move to sign Ayr United forward Lawrence Shankland in 2019, amid links to Sunderland.

Shankland, 23, was on the books of Queen's Park and Aberdeen before heading to Ayr United in 2017, and he impressed last season with 29 goals in 33 appearances.

This term, the Scottish forward has been a sensation, hitting 19 goals in just 17 games, firing Ayr to second place in the Scottish Championship table as things stand.

 

Shankland is unsurprisingly attracting major interest. The Sun on Sunday (23/09; page 61) recently claimed that Sunderland are keen to land Shankland, after he worked under manager Jack Ross at St Mirren.

Hull City, Wigan Athletic and even non-league AFC Fylde were also linked, but the Scottish Daily Mail today report that Swansea City are preparing their own move for Shankland in 2019 in an attempt to beat Sunderland and other interested clubs,

It's claimed that Swansea will either make a cash bid or attempt to strike a pre-contract agreement for Shankland, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

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.

Swansea raided Falkirk three times to sign Stephen Kingsley, Jay Fulton and Botti Biabi, and could now return to sign another youngster from Scottish football in Shankland.

That would see him offer competition for Scottish international Oliver McBurnie in the Swansea attack, and heading to South Wales may just be more appealing than dropping to League One with Sunderland.

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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