Paul Scholes wants to bring Ayr United goal machine Lawrence Shankland to Oldham Athletic this summer when his contract comes to an end – according to a report.

The Scottish Sun  claim that the Manchester United legend is a big fan of the striker and is considering a move for the 30-goal striker after taking charge at his boyhood club.

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Paul Scholes the head coach / manager of Oldham Athletic during the Sky Bet League Two match between Oldham Athletic and Crew Alexandra at Boundary Park on February 16, 2019 in Oldham, United Kingdom.

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Shankland has a long list of admirers and Ayr United turned down a bid from Swansea City in the summer for the striker.

With a strike ratio of a goal a game after 30 appearances this season, it’s no surprise that clubs are lining up to sign the striker in the summer but Oldham seems a bit too much of a step backwards to make it a realistic opportunity.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring from a penalty for 4-0 in the 86th minute

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The Latics currently sit 11th in League Two and with Championship clubs interested it would need to be an incredible offer to tempt him.

Shankland’s goals have helped propel the Honest Men to second in the league but unless they can win promotion to the Premiership then it is almost certain that he’ll move on in the summer.

Swansea seems the most likely destination for the striker this summer.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United shrugs off the challenge of Rachid Bouhenna of Dundee United

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The Swans have often struggled to turn chances into goals this season and a clinical finisher like Shankland would really help.

Whoever does finally land the striker, they might well be getting the best deal of the summer.

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