Swansea City and Sunderland have been linked with Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland.

According to a report in the Scottish Daily Mail (October 30; Page 53), Swansea City and Sunderland have been linked with a January  move for Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland.

The 23-year-old netted 29 goals in 33 games for the Scottish Championship club last term, and this season he has 19 goals in 17 games – more than the entire Ipswich squad have managed combined so far.

The Tractor Boys have struggled since Mick McCarthy’s exit at the end of last season. Key players such as Joe Garner, Aaron Webster and Martyn Waghorn have left, while successor Paul Hurst didn’t last long.

After a run of just one win in 14 Championship games, Ipswich sacked Hurst and quickly installed former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert as the side’s new manager.

The remit for Lambert is quite simple. Finish 21st in the Championship and avoid relegation to League One, with the side currently sitting at the bottom of the table and five points from safety.

Ipswich’s main problem this season has been scoring goals. They’ve managed just 11 in 15 league games, which isn’t all too surprising after Waghorn and Garner scored 26 goals between them last term before being sold.

Lambert must sign a new striker in January, and with potentially limited funds, bringing in former Queens Park Rangers youth Shankland makes perfect sense considering his extraordinary scoring record.

Ipswich have had success buying from Scotland. Waghorn joined them from Rangers after similarly netting regularly in Scotland’s second tier, and he went on to top Ipswich’s scoring charts last term.

The Suffolk club could have similar success with Shankland, a player who is ready to move on to a higher level after proving his worth at Ayr United. With his contract running out next summer, he could be a real bargain.

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