Sunderland reportedly offered Ayr United hero Lawrence Shankland a contract but the League One club have lost another striker target.

So Lawrence Shankland has gone from the second tier of Scottish football to, erm, the second tier of Scottish football.

Despite being linked with Celtic, Swansea, Hull and countless clubs north and south of the border on the back of netting 34 goals in a remarkable campaign for Ayr United, the former Scotland U21 international will now be leading the line for Dundee United in the Championship next season.

Courier Sport claim that Shankland has agreed a three-year deal at Tannadyce. And if Shankland can replicate his stunning form in Ayr colours in the famous Tangerine shirt, expect Dundee United to cruise back to the Premiership within the next 10 months.

 

On paper, Dundee United’s gain is Sunderland’s loss. Or is it?

According to the Northern Echo, Sunderland offered Shankland a contract once he became a free agent at the end of the season with Jack Ross keen to reunite with his former St Mirren striker at the Stadium of Light.

And after missing out on James Wilson and Freddie Ladapo, Shankland has also seemingly spurned Sunderland’s advances to stay in Scotland.

The Black Cats are having no luck at all in the transfer market – but should they really be losing any sleep after missing out on a player from the Scottish lower leagues?

 

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