Sunderland have missed out on striker Lawrence Shankland.

Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland has completed his shock move to Dundee United – and has told their official website that he turned down offers in England.

Former Aberdeen striker Shankland has been a goal machine with Ayr, starting with his 29 goals in 33 games in the 2017-18 season.

Shankland scored even more goals last season, hitting 34 goals in 41 outings last season, and his goalscoring exploits unsurprisingly attracted major interest.

The Scot was wanted by a whole host of clubs, but he has bizarrely chosen to stay in the Scottish Championship by signing for Dundee United.

Many thought Shankland would make a move to England, but Shankland has moved on to Tannadice instead, and has commented on his move.

Shankland has admitted that he rejected offers in England, believing that Dundee United is the ideal next step in his career – and that may just hint at snubbing Sunderland.

“I want to continue my development at Dundee United,” said Shankland. “Despite having offers from clubs in both Scotland and England, it is clear to me that this is the best club for my next step. I cannot wait to get started in tangerine,” he added.

The Scottish Sun recently reported that Sunderland had offered Shankland a contract, so that he’s admitted he snubbed English offers suggests that the Black Cats were one team involved.

Shankland worked with Sunderland manager Jack Ross at St Mirren, so rejecting a reunion is particularly frustrating for the Black Cats – who must now look elsewhere for a new striker.

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