The Scottish Sun has claimed Everton are tracking Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland as he continues to shine north of the border, but they are likely to face plenty of competition with both Rangers and Celtic also monitoring the goal machine.
Shankland, 24, joined Dundee United in the summer after scoring 61 goals in 73 games for Ayr United – and he has continued his stunning form at Tannadice. Indeed, he has netted 21 times in 22 games this season.
That form has not gone unnoticed both in Scotland and in England. Championship sides QPR and Brentford are interested, while Rangers and Celtic have been watching the striker. Premier League teams Everton and Norwich are also said to be keen.
Shankland, who was called up by Steve Clarke to the Scotland national team despite currently playing in the Scottish Championship – and scored in his first start – has a contract at Dundee United until the summer of 2022.
TBR’s view – Is Shankland good enough for Everton?
It is difficult to say. Clearly, Shankland is a whole lot better than the second tier of Scottish football. It was a surprise when he remained in the Championship to join Dundee United – after scoring so many goals at Ayr.
To go from that to the Premier League is an enormous step up, and one that could be too big at once. Perhaps a move to the Scottish Premiership before Everton would be wise, but Shankland can only play against what is in front of him.