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.


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