Sunderland hit front in pursuit of Portsmouth target

Lawrence Shankland is on Pompey's striking hit-list Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images.
Lawrence Shankland is on Pompey's striking hit-list Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images.
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Sunderland have stolen a march on Pompey in the pursuit of Lawrence Shankland.

The Black Cats have tabled a contract for the prolific marksman as he becomes a free agent, according to reports.

Hearts are also the latest to show their interest in the Ayr striker, say the Scottish Sun.

Shankland is on the Blues’ striking hit-list this summer after smashing in 34 goals last term.

Nottingham Forest, Swansea and Hull are among the other clubs said to be keeping tabs on the 23-year-old