Transfers

Lawrence Shankland set to leave Dundee United in £1m deal

Graeme Bailey
Lawrence Shankland heading for Belgium
Lawrence Shankland heading for Belgium / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
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Exclusive - Dundee United are set to sell star striker Lawrence Shankland to Belgian outfit Beerschot, 90min understands.

The Antwerp-based outfit have already had bids rejected for the 25-year-old, but now we understand that a deal worth £1m has been agreed.

Scottish international Shankland had been attracting attention from a host of clubs in England from the Championship and League One; Barnsley, Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Wigan, Rotherham and Ipswich among the clubs who made enquiries over the summer.

Now Beerschot have returned with an improved offer for the Scottish international and it is understood that United have agreed to sell. Shankland will discuss personal terms with the Belgian side, but that is not expected to be an issue and they hope to secure his signature before the weekend.

Dundee United had been expecting the improved bid as they did leave Shankland out of the squad to face Rangers at the weekend. Shankland has been prolific in Scotland with 82 league goals in the last five seasons, having begun his career at Queen's Park - playing in the same squad as Liverpool's Andy Robertson.

Previously, head coach Thomas Courts admitted that it was a sign of progress that his players were being linked with moves away, noting it was reflective of how good they are.

"It's pleasing for me that these players are attracting interest because they are top players," he told Sky Sports. "I see that every day in the terms of the way that they train and play.

"Ultimately when we recruit, what we feel are future assets, at some point bigger clubs are going to come calling and showing interest. We need to be prepared for that.

"I see that as a positive sign in terms of the strategy we've got at the club."

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