David Turnbull: Celtic and Motherwell in talks after transfer delay

David Turnbull
David Turnbull spoke to both Celtic and Norwich City about a move from Fir Park

Celtic and Motherwell have held talks after midfielder David Turnbull's move to the Scottish champions was delayed.

The clubs have been in contact over the £3.25m switch following Turnbull's medical with the Glasgow side.

Parkhead boss Neil Lennon stated last week he hoped the four-year deal would be announced last Friday.

A Norwich City offer matching Celtic's was also accepted by the Fir Park board, but Turnbull chose Parkhead after visiting Carrow Road.

It is the latest development of a transfer saga that started on 12 June when Motherwell and the treble-treble winners agreed on a fee.

After initial terms were offered and then rejected, Celtic removed themselves from the running as Premier League newcomers Norwich made their move.

However, a new and successful bid from Glasgow was enough to convince the Scottish Football Writers' young player of the year to pick Celtic.

During his breakthrough season at Fir Park, the 19-year-old scored 15 times from central midfield, earning two Scotland Under-21 caps.

Speaking about Turnbull on Friday, Lennon said: "David had options that he was quite right to pursue. Thankfully, he's chosen us, which is quite a coup. He's chosen us over Norwich for footballing reasons, not financial, trust me on that.

"He's a player we've admired for a while. He had a great breakthrough season.

"He's an elegant player, technically he's very good, proficient with both feet and he scored 15 goals in 30 games, which is quite a return for a midfielder.

"Could he go straight into the team? Of course he could. It's good to get one over the line and hopefully there are more (signings) to come."

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