Celtic are set to renew their interest in Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull in January if he has fully recovered from injury by then.
Football Insider reported that the Hoops still want to sign the 20-year-old, having been on the verge of landing him during the summer transfer window, only for the deal to fall through after a medical revealed a knee problem which required surgery.
According to Football Insider, Celtic remain willing to pay the £3.25m fee that was agreed between the clubs during the summer, with the youngster rejecting interest from Norwich to agree terms with the Hoops before his proposed transfer collapsed.
Turnbull enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season at Motherwell in 2018/19, ending the campaign with 17 goals and nine assists in all competitions last season – a remarkable return for someone who played mainly as a central midfielder in a team that finished eighth in the Premiership. Also, just three of those 15 goals were penalties, so his tally isn’t heavily distorted by goals from the spot.
By way of comparison, only three Celtic players scored more last season, and all three play either a centre-forward or wide attacking role. Their most prolific central midfielder was Olivier Ntcham with six goals, although attacking midfielders Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor chipped in with 17 goals between them. [via TransferMarkt]
Although Celtic already have midfielders who can plunder goals, Turnbull’s astonishing return for Motherwell last season marks him out as someone who is massively prolific for the position in which he plays.
Cynics could argue that one fantastic season in the embryonic stages of his career mightn’t necessarily mean that he will be so prolific for several more years, while he may need time to rediscover his best form once he returns from what will be a long spell on the sidelines.
However, judging by the form he has shown so far, he would seem like a very effective addition to Neil Lennon’s squad, especially if they can land him for a modest fee of £3.25m.
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