The Scottish Sun reports that Stoke City have joined QPR with interest in Rangers linked striker Lawrence Shankland.

The 24-year-old moved from Ayr United to Dundee United in the summer and has set about firing The Terrors to the top of the Championship table.

He’s netted a remarkable 26 goals in 26 appearances at club level, while he’s also scored once in two appearances for Scotland.

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Rangers supporting Shankland is said to be wanted by both Stoke City and QPR. (Photo by Paul Harding – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Daily Record reported that both the Gers and Celtic had the forward scouted earlier in the season. However, no move has materialised as yet, and it seems English sides are circling.

This latest Scottish Sun report asserts that QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand watched the player twice last month, while Stoke City are now also weighing up a move and are sending representatives to watch him in Scottish Cup action against Hibernian this evening.

It’s claimed that United will automatically turn down any January bids under £3 million.

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His valuation has risen considerably in recent months. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Rangers have been linked with a number of strikers this season, including Kevin Nisbet [Glasgow Times], Lyle Taylor [Sky Sports] and Tyrese Campbell [Sky Sports].

 

Shankland has comfortably outscored all of those players, but as many fans have pointed out, he’s unproven at Premiership level and the interest that prompted scouting missions earlier in the season, appears to have cooled.

It’s interesting that despite having tied Tyrese Campbell to a new contract, Stoke’s Michael O’Neill is allegedly keen on bringing in the United forward, with a march up the league table likely on the agenda.

However, it will surely take a colossal offer for The Terrors to sell up in the final days of this January window.

They have a massive 18 point lead at the top of the Championship, but with Nicky Clark ruled out until the end of the season, they would be light in forward areas if they allowed Shankland to go.

If an offer does arrive, it’s a question of whether or not they feel letting him go would put their impending promotion at risk.

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