Swansea City look to Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland to add goal threat

Scottish Championship striker Lawrence Shankland is being lined up as a potential Swansea recruit, per reports emerging in the Scottish Daily Mail noted by HITC.

What’s the word?

The paper version of the Scottish Daily Mail (Oct 30, page 53) is reporting the Swans as a potential new home for Ayr United’s 23-year-old goal threat.

The 6ft 1in tall Shankland had already been linked with moves to Sunderland, Hull, Wigan and non-league side Fylde by The Sun on Sunday (Sep 23, page 61), HITC noted, but now face competition from a third English Championship side who are preparing a move for 2019.

So far this season, the Glasgow-born striker has scored 14 goals in 13 games for the second tier side, including braces against Greenock Morton and two at Alloa Athletic making the forward the league’s second highest scorer.

Shankland’s performances are showing he is the main man in Ayr once again with 52% of his side’s 23 goals and counting, also the second highest contribution rate behind Queen of the South’s Stephen Dobbie’s 65%.

Goals are coming naturally to the striker at his current side, netting 29 times in 33 appearances last season.

At present, Transfermarkt holds no expected fee for the striker at his sixth club, but note that he has never held a transfer value higher than £135,000, coming when he joined Ayr in 2017 as a free agent two months after being released by Aberdeen.

Worth a punt?

Without a transfer figure to go by, the amount of risk in a move for someone relatively unproven is hard to measure. But if Ayr are open to losing their man main, Swansea should definitely sound the player out given how prolific he has been in the past year.

It does seem like the Swans are keen on bringing the Scotsman to the Liberty Stadium, with the Scottish Daily Mail’s report noting Graham Potter and the board were making moves to either wait it out until the summer when his contract expires or put together a cash bid in January.

His arrival in south Wales would add yet another forward to the ranks, which include regular striker Oliver McBurnie, Wilfried Bony and Courtney Baker-Richardson, but another addition would prove beneficial with only McBurnie netting more than twice for the Jacks.