Portsmouth eye move for 34-goal striker

Portsmouth are eyeing a move for former Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland as reported by the Portsmouth News.

The twenty-three-year-old netted thirty-four times in forty-one appearances for the Scottish outfit last season and is a free agent following the expiration of his contract with the Honest Men.

Sunderland have been heavily linked with the striker, and Celtic and Rangers have also reportedly shown an interest, but the report claims Pompey are now ready to hijack any negotiations with Shankland and tempt the sought after forward to Fratton Park.

Shankland reputation has sored after hitting the target sixty-three times in his two years at Somerset Park, and the report claims Pompey boss is considering a move to bolster his strikeforce as he bids to re-shape his squad and find the goals necessary to propel the South Coast club back into the Championship.

Pompey are also thought to be interested in Peterborough striker Matt Godden with reports claiming they have had a bid rejected for the 18-goal forward.

Shankland came through the ranks at Queens Park before a move to Aberdeen. Several loans spells followed before he finally made his breakthrough at Ayr.

Our View

Shankland is a goal machine, and it is no surprise that Pompey are interested.

They look set to lose leading scorer Jamal Lowe and struggled at times last season to find the net.

Shankland may be a gamble, but he is on a hot streak, full of confidence and will fancy himself to make the grade in League One.


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