Motherwell agree ‘club record fee’ with Celtic for David Turnbull

David Turnbull
David Turnbull

Motherwell have announced that they’ve agreed a fee with Celtic for midfielder David Turnbull.

The sale of the youngster, who had been hotly tipped to move to the Hoops or down south to the Premier League, would bring in a club record fee.

Motherwell say the amount in question, understood to be around £3m, would be “transformational” for the club.

A club statement said: “The academy graduate has been given permission to speak to the club. Should the deal go through, the value of the transfer will vastly exceed our previous record fee received.

“We have rejected several seven-figure offers for David in recent weeks, with clubs the length and breadth of the UK speaking to us about him. It is clear from that the fee we stand to receive fully maximises his potential value.”

19-year-old Turnbull made his breakthrough with the Steelmen last season.

He won the Scottish Football Writers Association’s Young Scottish Player of the Year Award, having scored 15 goals from midfield.

The statement added: “We have continued to stand by what we believe is a fair value for David. In light of the negotiating stance we have adopted, the money we stand to receive will be transformational for us as we continue to operate as a fan-owned club.

“Motherwell FC will make no further comment at this time.”