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Sunderland should favour Shankland over Grigg signing

Sunderland should favour Shankland over Grigg signing

According to The Shields Gazette, Sunderland are interested in signing Will Grigg from Championship outfit Wigan Athletic. 

The Black Cats are apparently interested int the 27-year-old after he was an unused substitute in his club’s victory over Aston Villa at the weekend.

Grigg is not a regular starter for Wigan this season, and as a result has only scored four goals in 16 Championship games so far. On the other hand, he managed to bag an impressive 19 goals in 43 League One matches last season with The Latics, and may be keen to return to the division in which he thrived.

However, reports are also emerging that Jack Ross is also interested in signing 23-year-old striker Lawrence Shankland from Scottish Championship outfit Ayr United, but face competition from Hull and Wigan themselves.


The Scot has managed 18 goals in 18 appearances so far in the Scottish Championship, which is an stunning record. In addition to his form in the league, he managed nine goals in six Scottish League Cup appearances this season, which is terrific by anyone’s standards. His wonderful form has put Ayr in a great position to earn promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season.

Therefore, when weighing up these two options, The Black Cats would be much wiser to move for Shankland. Not only would Grigg probably cost more, because he is a bigger name from a bigger club, but his form this season is in no way as good as the Scot’s. The fact that Shankland is four years younger is just further reason why Sunderland should move for him.

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