Stoke City is “a potential next destination” for Scotland international Lawrence Shankland.
Potters boss Michael O’Neill is ready to plunder the Scottish transfer market – and was linked with the Dundee United striker in January – and The Courier reports a summer switch to the bet365 Stadium is a possibility.
O’Neill told StokeonTrentLive: “The problem people have with Scottish football is that they probably watch it on television and at times it doesn’t look like a great spectacle because at certain games the stadium is a little bit empty, while the other thing is you see games on artificial pitches.
“It’s about assessing the level of play and then try to benchmark whether those players could step up and play in the Championship.
“There’s players there that have clearly done that, the likes of John McGinn (Aston Villa) and Kenny McClean who went to Norwich, and both of them got promoted with their teams and were very important players to their teams.
“So it’s about trying to find that level of player.”
Shankland joined Dundee United last July and has since scored 24 goals in 26 league matches for the Scottish Championship club.