Report: Sunderland target Lawrence Shankland to join Dundee United

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during a press conference at the Academy of Light on March 27, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland seemingly won't be signing Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland.

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...

Sunderland are in the market for a new striker this summer, but appear to have missed out on the signing of Ayr United's Lawrence Shankland.

The Black Cats secured free agent right back Conor McLaughlin on Monday, but adding more goals to help Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg is an absolute must.

The Scottish Sun reported that Sunderland had offered a deal to Ayr star Shankland, with Jack Ross hoping to reunite with the striker having worked together at St Mirren.

 

However, it looks like Sunderland have missed out. The Scottish Sun now report that Shankland has agreed terms with Dundee United, and will undergo a medical on Thursday ahead of signing a three-year contract.

That's a strange move for Shankland. He hit a staggering 34 goals in 41 games last season, and even before that, he smashed 29 goals in 33 outings for the Scottish side.

Shankland's contract at Ayr expired on Sunday, and whilst he was wanted in England by Sunderland and Hull City, he's bizarrely chosen to stay in Scotland's second tier by signing for Dundee United.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring for 5-0 in...

The 23-year-old will hope this move pays off, but picking a move to Tannadice over a potential switch to Sunderland seems peculiar, as he seemed primed to make a big move to England.

That leaves Sunderland looking back to the transfer market for another striker, and it's the second transfer blow in a matter of hours, as the Daily Mail claim Sunderland have been beaten by Aberdeen to the signing of James Wilson too.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during a press conference at the Academy of Light on March 27, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

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