Ian McCall comments on Lawrence Shankland amid Sunderland speculation

Ayr United manager Ian McCall is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sunderland and Swansea City are reportedly interested in Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United.

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Ayr United manager Ian McCall has suggested to The Scottish Sun that the club could sell reported Swansea City and Sunderland target Lawrence Shankland for £500,000.

According to The Daily Record, Sunderland in League One in England are interested in signing Shankland from Ayr in the Scottish Championship in the January transfer window.

The report has also claimed of interest in the 23-year-old striker from Swansea City in the Championship in England.

Ayr manager McCall has suggested that the Scottish outfit could sell the young striker for £500,000, while club chairman Lachlan Cameron has said that he will not part company with the former Scotland Under-21 international for £200,000.

Cameron has also suggested that he would like the striker to be at Ayr on loan for the second half of the season.

Cameron told The Scottish Sun about Shankland: “In a perfect world that would be the scenario we’d like — to have Shankland loaned back immediately.”

The Ayr chairman added: “The only thing I’ve heard is Swansea were going to offer us £200,000 for Lawrence. I’ve not talked to Swansea directly and we’ve had no official communication. That £200,000 does not really do anything for us.”

McCall told The Scottish Sun: "Our chairman has gone on record saying we had received a bid of £200,000 that he immediately turned down.

"The only way the chairman will change is if someone offers ridiculous money like £500,000 plus for him.”

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring from a...

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Shankland has scored 18 goals and provided four assists in 16 Scottish Championship appearances for Ayr so far this season, according to Transfermarkt.com.

Ayr are at the top of the Scottish Championship at the moment with 34 points from 16 matches, a point clear of second-placed Ross County, who have played 17 games.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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