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Sunderland sent transfer message following summer interest in Celtic and Rangers target

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Former Sunderland target Lawrence Shankland will not be available for transfer in the January transfer window, according to Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson.

The 24-year-old was a hot property over the summer after a wonderful season with Ayr United.

The Black Cats were one of a number of sides interested in the striker who ultimately joined Scottish second tier side Dundee United.

Things have got even better for Shankland after scoring 19 goals already this term, leading to reported interest from Nottingham Forest, Celtic and Rangers.

Sunderland are keen to rectify their attacking woes this term as well, but it seems that Shankland won’t be on the move again.

As quoted by the Sunderland Echo, Neilson said: “I don’t think there will be any bids getting entertained in January, that is for sure.

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“The owner [Mark Ogren] was over last month and spoke about the importance of keeping Lawrence and making sure that we get ourselves out of this league.

“Every player has his price but the value of going up would heavily outweigh that, not just financially but also the prestige and with the fans. I expect him to be here at the start of February.”

The verdict

Sunderland will no doubt be looking to strengthen their attack in the January window.

The Black Cats have struggled for goals at crucial times this term, and with Will Grigg out of form it could be an ideal time to make improvements.

Lawrence Shankland might not be that man, but improvements are definitely needed.


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