Motherwell: David Turnbull will cost club's record fee - Burrows

David Turnbull has 13 goals this season for Motherwell
David Turnbull has 13 goals this season for Motherwell

Midfielder David Turnbull would only leave Motherwell for a club record fee, says chief executive Alan Burrows.

The 19-year-old has been voted the Scottish Football Writers' Association young player of the year, while also picking up five awards at the club's own ceremony.

Phil O'Donnell's £1.75m transfer to Celtic in 1994 still stands as the highest fee received by the club.

"It would have to be more than that," Burrows told BBC Scotland.

"If anyone is wanting to David Turnbull, the fee would have to be significant. Not only because of his talent, it's to do with the contribution to the team.

"It would need to be a figure the club just couldn't refuse, and that's not going to be cheap. I would imagine it will set all sorts of records for this football club."

Turnbull, whose current deal expires in summer 2021, has risen to prominence this season after bursting into the first team in October.

He took his season's tally to 15 goals and six assists in Saturday's win over Livingston and will have attracted interest from other clubs, but Burrows stresses he is a major part of Stephen Robinson's plans.

Burrows described Turnbull as "not just a once-in-a-generation talent, he's a once-in-a-couple-of-generations talent" and Robinson said people have been asking him about the youngster.

"We are a club that sells players, so if a club comes in with the right offer then we aren't going to stand in David's way," he said after Saturday's win.

"This is the place for him to develop and he's a massive part of what we plan to do next season. If a big Premiership or Championship club come in we will look at that because that's the level he can play."

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