Dundee boss McCann plays down Shankland interest

Neil McCann insists there is “nothing happening” in relation to a deal bringing Lawrence Shankland to Dens Park.

The Ayr striker, who has started the season in scintillating form with nine goals in five games, has been linked with a move to Dundee in recent weeks.

It was reported on Thursday that the newly-promoted Championship club had rejected a bid from an English side for their striker, but McCann, who has made it clear he is keen to add to his attacking options, played down his interest.

“It’s really unfair to comment on any players I am after,” he said. “What I would say is that I have been in the market and been actively trying to get players.

“Some have come close and fallen through, others not.

“Lawrence is a very talented player.

“I know him from my time at Dunfermline and have no doubt he could come to a club like Dundee and do very well, especially in the Premiership.

“But as it stands there is nothing happening.”

He added: “We tried to do some business on Thursday, it didn’t quite happen but we will continue working on that.”

Despite not managing to strengthen, McCann was left relieved after managing to hold on to a couple of key players as the English transfer window shut on Thursday afternoon.

Glen Kamara and Steven Caulker were both linked with a move down south – with Leeds rumoured to be interested in the latter – but remain with Dundee, and McCann says there were never any offers despite the reported interest.

“There have been no official bids put on the table yet for Steven,” he said. “Clearly he is a player that attracts a lot of interest.

“The good thing is, I thought he would probably go and we would lose him, but we still have him.

“We need to be thankful for the squad we have just now, because we could have lost a few players to down south.”

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