Sheffield Wednesday linked with £3m move to rival Celtic for highly-rated Scottish youngster

Sheffield Wedensday have entered to the race to sign highly-rated youngster David Turnbull, according to reports north of the border.

By Liam Hoden
Sunday, 16 June, 2019, 16:26
David Turnbull

Turnbull had looked all set to leave Motherwell for Celtic after a fee was agreed between the two clubs for the midfielder.

But the Glasgow giants hinted on social media that Turnbull’s wage demands were more than they were willing to pay, which has seen the transfer stall.

According to reports Wednesday are now ready to swoop in and match the £3m fee demanded by Motherwell as well as meeting Turnbull’s personal demands – which are said to be £20,000 per week in wages, well in excess of the £12,000 reportedly offered by Celtic.

Barnsley are also understood to have shown an interest in the 19-year-old but are unable to reach the asking price having seen a reported £1m bid rejected.

Premier League side Southampton and Wednesday’s Championship rivals Bristol City are also thought to be tracking him.

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The Owls are said to have had the youngster watched several times over the last year but felt they would miss out on his signature due to Celtic’s interest.

Sources close to Turnbull suggest his primary objective is to accelerate his development and this will play a major role the decision over his next move. He is still convinced that can happen with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic but is open to other opportunities.

Turnbull has made 34 appearances for Motherwell since his debit in 2018 and has scored 15 goals.

He has won two caps for Scotland U21 following his debut in March.