Celtic agree £3 million fee for Motherwell's David Turnbull
Celtic have agreed a fee of £3 million plus add-ons for Motherwell’s David Turnbull, with the player now set to discuss personal terms with the Scottish champions.
The Fir Park side had rejected two previous offers from Celtic and Barnsley earlier this week for the 19-year-old, citing that any deal would have to be significantly higher than their previous club record sale of £1.7 million for Phil O’Donnell to Celtic in 1994.
In a statement published on the official club website, a Motherwell spokesperson said: “Motherwell Football Club has reached an agreement with Celtic FC for the potential transfer of David Turnbull.
“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.
“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.”
Turnbull was named Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year last month after an impressive breakthrough season with the Fir Park side - which saw him scoring 15 goals in 34 appearances.
With the acquisition of Turnbull it looks increasingly likely that Olivier Ntcham’s time at Celtic is nearing its end - with Celtic looking for a transfer fee of around £15 million for the French midfielder.