Nottingham Forest have been given a boost in their pursuit of Lawrence Shankland, with Ayr United chairman Lachlan Cameron revealing to Nottinghamshire Live that he “won’t stand in his way” if clubs make a move this summer.
He said: “We won’t stand in his way. He’s done well by us and we’re prepared to back him and I think it’s only a good thing for us as a club. If we want to be able to attract players like Lawrence we need to help them eventually get to a higher level.”
Forest have been linked with Shankland all season and could have competition from Rangers, Celtic and Sunderland for his signature. According to Transfermarkt, the 23-year-old has scored 34 goals in all competitions, 24 of which have come in the Scottish Championship.
Shankland is expected to be inundated with offers this summer. Forest are one of many clubs desperate to bolster their attack. Daryl Murphy isn’t getting any younger, Leo Bonatini is expected to return to parent club Wolves and Hillal Soudani is recovering from a serious injury.
Whether the Reds can beat out three clubs to sign Shankland remains to be seen, however. It’s unknown whether he’d keep out Lewis Grabban up front too. Ayr signed the prolific centre-forward on a free transfer in 2017, and he’s gone on to score and create 85 goals in 72 games.
His future appears to be bright, regardless of whether that’s in Scotland or England.