McLeish: Aston Villa are plotting bid to sign new Lampard who could be better than McGinn
Aston Villa could sign a Frank Lampard-type player in Celtic midfielder David Turnbull, according to Alex McLeish.
The former manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed James McFadden had alerted him to the 21-year-old’s “great” potential while in charge of Scotland.
The Scottish Sun claim Villa are lining up a £7million bid for the goalscoring midfielder this summer.
The report states Villa have watched Turnbull in action for Celtic several times this season.
He joined the Bhoys for a reported £2.7million last summer and has established himself as a regular at Parkhead.
McLeish admitted Turnbull had been on his radar since breaking through at Motherwell.
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He compared the promising talent to goalscoring midfielders like Lampard and Ian Durrant.
“When I was in the job with Scotland, I spoke about Turnbull with James McFadden,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“James worked at Motherwell and he said: ‘Alex, the kid’s a great prospect. We should be thinking about him somewhere down the line.’
“At that particular time there were guys established in the squad like John McGinn. McTominay was starting to come into the Manchester United team as well.
“Turnbull is one of these midfielders who has the knack of getting from box to box, coming late and getting goals like Lampard.
“We’ve seen the Lampards of this world doing it. Ian Durrant way back in the day with Rangers, he was magnificent at it. That is the type of player he is. Therefore, I feel that he would be a player who would be getting scrutinised.
“That’s normal. That would be normal for a player playing for Rangers, a player playing for Celtic. He’ll be getting scrutinised to see if he can go to the next level.”
Turnbull netted nine times and contributed eight assists in 35 appearances for Celtic this season.
However, he had to wait until December before getting a run in the starting XI under former boss Neil Lennon.