By Frank McAvennie

12th Aug, 2020 | 4:57pm

Exclusive: McAvennie raves about 28-goal striker after West Brom transfer update

Frank McAvennie has backed Lawrence Shankland to score goals in the Premier League after Dundee United boss Mick Mellon denied reports that West Brom had made a move for the striker.

The Celtic and West Ham legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 25-year-old has “an instinct for goal” and said he “would definitely score goals in England”.

Shankland, who has been capped twice by Scotland, scored 28 goals in 33 appearances last season as Dundee United won the Scottish Championship at a canter earlier this year.

The striker has two year remaining on his contract at Tannadice Park after he penned a three-year deal when he arrived from Ayr United in July 2019.

McAvennie, who made the move from Scotland to England in 1985, claimed that a move to England would be a fantastic opportunity for the Scottish forward.

“He would definitely score goals in England,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is that kind of player, a poacher if you like. He has got an instinct for goal. Whenever the keeper had the ball in his hands he was there just in case he dropped it.

“I like what I have seen of him. He would do well for a bottom half Premier League team. If West Brom are in for him and if they get him, it would be a wonderful chance for the boy.”

When asked if West Brom had made a bid for Shankland, Mellon told Sky Sports: “There’s been none. We’ve got a lot of talent here, a lot of talented players which is exciting for the future of the football club.

“As I’ve said many times, nothing will happen here until we’ve finished that question: does it make Dundee United better?”

n other West Brom news, it can be REVEALED that the door has opened for Baggies & Fulham to sign striker after Celtic bid.