Mills tips Aston Villa to sign Turnbull from Celtic by 11 June after update

Danny Mills has claimed Aston Villa will want to complete a deal with Celtic for David Turnbull as quickly as possible.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England full-back insisted Villa want to complete their summer business before this summer’s European Championship.

The Scottish Sun report the Midlands giants are lining up a £7million bid for Turnbull after scouting him during the season.

The 21-year-old was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and was included in the Scotland squad for this summer’s Euros.

Asked whether Villa will want to complete any transfer before the tournament starts on 11th June, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.

“Good managers won’t buy players off the back of a good European Championships, or they shouldn’t do.

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“It’s three or four good games, that’s all it is. You can be outstanding in two and average in two and everybody’s like ‘What a player’.

“It’s a completely different environment. But there are teams that get sucked into that. There’s a bit of pizzazz that goes with it.

“If someone does perform well they definitely become more attractive. 

“Your targets should be identified by February because you’ve had six months to look at your players, you know what those players are like, you know what your weaknesses are and you know where to improve.

“Your scouts and scouting network should be doing that work all the way through that time. You should have an A, B and C target. Who they are and for what position.

“The best way is to just get it done. If you have to pay a little bit over the odds, just get it done.

“You don’t want to come back late to pre-season because of the Euros thinking ‘We haven’t signed a player. The player’s going to miss parts of pre-season, he’s not integrated.’

“Just go out and do it, that’s what Villa should be doing.”

In other news, an “out of this world” Celtic “sensation” has been tipped join a new club next season.