Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has talked up a potential summer switch to Sunderland, saying he would consider a move to the Stadium of Light.
Finding a regular goalscorer has been a problem for the Wearside club over the last few seasons, having signed Will Grigg for £4m only to see the former Wigan Athletic man score just eight goals in all competitions over two seasons.
Shankland, who has been impressing in Scotland, has gained interest from a number of clubs in England, including Championship sides Stoke City and Nottingham Forest, but a link to Sunderland has also been maintained.
The Glasgow-born striker has had a remarkable start to his footballing career, having struggled to find consistent playing time and form prior to joining Ayr United in 2017. A prolific spell with Ayr saw Shankland score 61 goals in 73 games, enticing Dundee United to make a move for him last summer.
A return of 24 goals in 26 games in the Scottish Championship (and 28 in 33 games in all competitions) makes the 24-year-old one of the most in-form strikers in Scottish football at present and it could certainly open up an interesting summer for him.
Speaking on his future and career so far, Shankland touched on previous interest from Sunderland on the What the Falk Podcast, saying:
“Sunderland are obviously a massive club. That goes without saying.
“Everybody knows about them and everybody who has watched the Netflix thing would have heard of them.
“Hypothetically speaking it is hard to say. But if Sunderland were interested in you, you would obviously speak to them.”
A potential move for Shankland would seemingly be ideal for the Black Cats, who have been desperate to find a regular goalscorer at the club over the last 12 months.
That being said, interest from clubs in the Championship may halt such a move, given that Sunderland look set to miss out on promotion this term.
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