Sources: Celtic plot 7-figure bid for player after terms already agreed
Celtic are plotting a new bid for David Turnbull but are wary of paying over the odds until he has proved his recovery from knee surgery, Football Insider has learned.
The Hoops agreed a £3.25m deal with Motherwell for the playmaker, 20, last summer only to pull the plug at the eleventh hour after he failed a medical.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider they have continued to keep tabs on Turnbull and he is regarded as a genuine summer target.
The Hoops are weighing up an offer but it may not come until later in the summer when the season has resumed and the attacker is back playing.
The initial bid is unlikely to be as high as £3m, partly due to Turnbull’s injury and partly due to football’s changed circumstances following the Covid-19 pandemic.
He underwent surgery last summer and missed seven months of football but made two appearances before the lockdown that preceded the termination of the season.
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Celtic are keen on getting further evidence of Turnbull’s recovery and ability to reach the levels of fitness needed to make their team.
For his part, the Scotland Under-21 international is still very keen to wear the green-and-white jersey.
He penned a 12-month extension to his Motherwell contract in March, but that will not preclude a move and merely serves to maintain the player’s value.
Turnbull blossomed last season, scoring 16 goals and supplying seven assists for Motherwell from just 34 matches in all competitions.
That was enough to convince Celtic and he was even pictured in a club shirt alongside Neil Lennon before his move collapsed at the eleventh hour.
In other Celtic news, Lennon has told friends first-team mainstay won’t play for the club again.