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Sunderland make move for Celtic target Lawrence Shankland
League One side Sunderland have offered a contract to Celtic transfer target Lawrence Shankland. According to the Northern Echo, via HITC, Sunderland have made their move as they attempt to land Shankland on a free transfer. The forward is out of contract at the end of the month and will be available to sign for Sunderland or Celtic on a free. Shankland scored 34 goals in 41 appearances for Ayr United in all competitions this season, but opted against signing a new deal with the club – freeing him to explore his options ahead of next season. He also scored 29 goals in 33 games in his first season for Ayr, taking his total to 62 goals in 73 games since joining from Aberdeen.
American businessman Mark Campbell is set to become the new majority shareholder of Sunderland, with Stewart Donald close to selling most of his controlling stake.
Sky Sports News understands Campbell will acquire at least 54 per cent from current owner Donald and 10 per cent from Uruguayan investor Juan Sartori.
It will leave Donald with 20 per cent, Sartori with 10 per cent and executive director Charlie Methven retaining his six per cent share.
Sky Sports News have been told Donald could be left with as much as 25 per cent, although it is unclear where the additional five per cent will come from.
Liverpool have signed two unnamed youth players from Sunderland
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has revealed that his club are set to lose two young players as they’ve both agreed to sign for Liverpool. In a podcast interview by the Roker Report, Donald expressed his frustrations as losing the two youngsters to the Reds, complaining about the process that allows ‘bigger’ clubs to poach youngsters. Donald did not name the players, but he did explain the situation, saying: “We are having our players poached. There are two players who will go to Liverpool. We tried to keep them. We said to the parents ‘If you really want to go you have to put it in writing’.
Nevertheless, Campbell will become the majority shareholder and is expected to take the title of chairman.
Donald only bought Sunderland just over a year ago at a cost of £37m, but is set to sell the club at a profit.
It is understood Campbell will bring in former Celtic talent spotter John Park as director of football to work above manager Jack Ross next season.
Park is credited with unearthing Champions League final stars Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama from little-known clubs Groningen and Germinal Beerschot respectively.
He is highly thought of in Scotland, and Neil Lennon had been keen to bring him back to Celtic with him.
Ross met with Park earlier this year, with Donald having admitted he has been in talks with Campbell for months.
Saints target Joe Aribo offered new Charlton deal
Southampton target Joe Aribo has been offered a new contract with Charlton Athletic. The Addicks secured promotion to the Championship with a dramatic play-off final victory over Sunderland, in which Aribo played the full 90 minutes. Aribo excelled in League One for Charlton and was expected to depart The Valley if the club failed to secure promotion to the Championship, with the Saints heavily linked with a move for the player. However, the 23-year-old, who scored 10 goals under Lee Bowyer from midfield, has been offered a new deal, along with Jake Forster-Caskey and Tariqe Fos and Wembley hero Patrick Bauer.
Stockbroker Campbell, who attended the League One play-off final alongside Donald, has also been in talks with Scottish club Falkirk over investment in the relegated League Two club.
It is understood Campbell's consortium will involve money from Singapore.
Sunderland insist they are still talking to other interested parties, and say Donald may yet remain at the helm with the EFL approval process still to be ratified.
Sky Sports News have been told Campbell has undertaken due diligence and is set to complete his takeover later this month.
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