It has been reported over the past few weeks that Championship duo Derby County and Bristol City have been keeping a close eye on Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, along with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Now, it has been confirmed on Motherwell’s official club website that Celtic have jumped ahead of the chasing pack of Derby County, Bristol City and newly relegated Cardiff City in the chase for David Turnbull.

Celtic had a bid of £1.2 million turned down for Turnbull towards the tail end of May, with Well only willing to sell Turnbull for more than their record sale. And the fee they have received from Celtic eclipses that record. The club said on the website that they have turned down a number of bids in recent weeks, saying:

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“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.”

A fee in the region of £3 million is reportedly enough to tempt Turnbull away from Fir Park this summer, after an impressive season with Motherwell.

Turnbull made his senior debut for Motherwell last season, but it is this season where he has cemented his place in the starting 11 under the management of Stephen Robinson. The youngster has played 34 times in all competitions, scoring an impressive 16 goals and providing seven assists from the middle of the park – including six goals in his last five games.

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