Exclusive: Celtic agree to pay lower fee for Turnbull than last year
Celtic have agreed to pay Motherwell a lower fee for David Turnbull than last year, Football Insider can reveal.
This site broke the news earlier today that the Scotland Under-21 midfielder is undergoing a Parkhead medical as he puts the finishing touches to his transfer.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Motherwell have accepted a bid of an initial £2.75million plus two separate tranches of add-ons each worth £250,000.
The total cost of the deal could rise to £3.25m, which is marginally lower than the costs agreed before Turnbull’s 2019 transfer collapsed at the eleventh hour.
Fourteen months ago, Celtic were all set to pay £3m plus £500,000 of add-ons for the young playmaker.
The deal now hinges on the outcome of scans on Turnbull’s knee after he underwent surgery this time last year.
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Should the medics give the green light, Celtic are set to announce the signing in the next 24 hours.
It will bring to an end a lengthy pursuit for the Scottish champions, who are simultaneously looking to finalise the sale of Tom Rogic.
Neil Lennon and his staff have been keeping a close eye on Turnbull in the early-season matches and been convinced he is fully recovered from the knee surgery that ruined his 2019-20 campaign.
Turnbull blossomed in 2018-19, scoring 16 goals and supplying seven assists for Motherwell from just 34 matches in all competitions.
He has started all five of their SPL matches this season, scoring in the 2-2 draw against Hibernian.
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