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Transfer news: Dundee United's Lawrence Shankland to join Beerschot

Lawrence Shankland missed Dundee United's win over Rangers; head coach Thomas Courts said the striker was out with a hip injury; Shankland to have medical before joining Beerschot; fee could rise to £1m with add-ons for Scotland international

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 07: Dundee United's Lawrence Shankland during a cinch Premiership match between Dundee United and Rangers at Tannadice, on August 07, 2021, in Dundee, Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Image: Shankland was in the stands as Dundee United beat Rangers on Saturday

Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland is set to complete a £1m move to top-flight Belgian side Beerschot.

The Scotland international will have a medical before sealing a move away from Tannadice Park.

Shankland missed Saturday's win over Rangers, with head coach Thomas Courts saying the 25-year-old had suffered a hip injury in training.

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A look back at Shankland's goal from 50 yards out against St Johnstone in January

Courts revealed after the match he was set to meet owner Mark Ogren and expected some departures from the club.

"I think at this stage of the transfer window, we're just building to a natural crescendo with a couple out a few in," he told Sky Sports.

"That is what the players need - a bit of added quality and healthy competition."

Courts welcomes transfer interest in his players

Dundee United manager Tam Courts was on the losing end against Aberdeen
Image: Courts says he will look to add to his squad before the window shuts

Speaking to Sky Sports News before the season got underway, Courts insisted he was pleased to see his star men linked with moves away from the Scottish Premiership club.

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He said: "It's pleasing for me that these players are attracting interest because they are top players.

"I see that every day in the terms of the way that they train and play.

"Ultimately when we recruit, what we feel are future assets, at some point bigger clubs are going to come calling and showing interest. We need to be prepared for that.

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Dundee United's Lawrence Shankland celebrates his equaliser during a Premier Sports Cup tie between Dundee United and Elgin City at Tannadice Park, on July 14, 2021, in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)
Image: Shankland has scored 40 goals for Dundee United

"I see that as a positive sign in terms of the strategy we've got at the club."

With Dundee United expected to add to their squad before the transfer window shuts, Courts added that he will also look to give youngsters a chance.

"It's something I've been speaking to the club about on a regular basis," said Courts when asked about potential signings.

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Highlights of Dundee United's win over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership

"I want to be really selective with the recruitment this year because again, I do feel the young players are scalable here.

"They're hungry for opportunities so before we jump straight into the transfer market, I want to make sure I've cast an eye over every single player here, and I think we're almost there.

"We're nearly there in terms of making some key decisions."

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