Whenever a team set their sights on a player as a transfer target there is always that danger that a ‘bigger’ side will also take an interest and, in doing so, push them aside. That’s true of many transfer deals in that genesis moment.
It is true of Sheffield Wednesday’s pursuit of Motherwell’s teen starlet midfielder David Turnbull. First they thought that they’d pushed Scottish giants, and treble Treble winners, Celtic to one side after the youngster failed to agree terms with the Bhoys and the Owls lodged a £3million bid.
Then there was news, also reported here on The72, that Celtic were girding their loins and looking to redouble their efforts and land the promising youngster. Tenaciously, the Scottish side were looknig to come back in and land the ‘Well youngster for themselves.
The two-cap Scotland Under-21 international definitely had a season that caught the eye. After a 25-game Premiership particpation, Turnbull had an impressive nine goals and five assists to his name. He was also prolific in Motherwell’s SPL ‘relegation’ round scoring SIX goals in five games and adding an assist to boot.
That level of return is bound to alert potential suitors and did so with Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday slugging it out in their attempts to land the talented teen. Wit hthe duo seemingly involved in a two-way tug-o-war, one could infer that the young Scot would be going the way of one of the brace of battling sides.
However, earlier news was that Celtic had pulled out of their interest due to ‘Premier League interest’ being touted. At the time of writing, that interest was not named but Premier League interest is always likely to make sides step back. That news has been clarified somewhat by the follwoing tweet from STV sports reporter Ronnie Charters.
DAVID TURNBULL UPDATE:
Motherwell have accepted a £3.25 million deal for the midfielder from Premier League club Norwich City. This is after Celtic pulled the plug.
— Ronnie Charters (@STVRonnie) June 18, 2019
With this level of interest, with Norwich City throwing down a £3.25million marker, then Sheffield Wednesday fans might want to move on to other targets as it seems that this one has gotten away from them.