Dundee United sporting director Tony Asghar says Lawrence Shankland felt it was the right time to move on from Tayside as he joins Belgian club Beerschot.

It was reported last week that English Championship club Swansea City ‘could’ make a move for the striker. But Shankland has signed a three-year deal with Beerschot, who play in the Jupiler Pro League. Asghar says Dundee United ‘were happy’ to let the 26-year-old striker leave the Scottish Premiership in order to try his hand abroad.

Dundee Utd v Partick Thistle (Ladbrokes Championship)

Swansea City were reportedly interested in the Arabs striker but Lawrence Shankland has since moved to Belgium. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Shankland joined Dundee United in 2019 and scored 40 goals in 74 games. Asghar said: “Lawrence was sold on the vision we offered both personal and club-wise. He has achieved great success here, became a fans favourite, scored goals, improved his all-round play and became an internationalist.

“He felt it was time to try something new and once the clubs agreed a fee we were happy to allow him to continue his career elsewhere.

“It is an important part of our strategy that we develop players so they can continue to flourish if they move on and Lawrence has been a great example of the strategy working and we wish him every success for the future. He will always be welcome at Tannadice.”

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