David Turnbull’s prospective move to Celtic could be falling through in the 11th hour, with Premier League club Southampton reportedly launching an ambush while negotiations stall over agent fees.
Motherwell had accepted a £3million bid from the Scottish champions and all that was left to agree was terms with Turnbull’s agent, but he now looks to be set on moving to the south coast.
According to Football Insider, Celtic were planning to announce the signing of the 19-year-old midfielder but now face virtually unbeatable competition – financially speaking – in Southampton.
The outlet claims the top-flight side have blown the Hoops’ five-year offer out of the water which has turned the head of Turnbull and his camp.
For £3m, Turnbull’s arrival would be a huge coup after he netted 15 goals in 30 games from midfield for Motherwell this season.
It may be worth Celtic moving onto different targets now though, with sources inside the club fearing any potential move is dead.
Alternative midfielders Celtic should target
It seems like Aribo could now be Rangers-bound, but it’d make it all the sweeter if Celtic snapped him up on a free instead.
The 18-year-old Irishman is free to leave Bolton this summer and Celtic are thought to be in talks for his services already.
Harper’s West Brom contract expires at the end of the month and he could be a good free transfer to snap up if all else fails.
Scott McTominay (on loan)
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secures the two midfield signings he’s after this summer, a loan move to his home nation Scotland may be the best move for McTominay.