Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly matched Celtic’s accepted bid of £3million for Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull.
The Scottish Sun reported that the Owls watched him several times last season. But with Celtic having been allowed to open talks with his agent, there were fears that they had missed their chance.
But the deal to take Turnbull to Parkhead has hit a bump. An agreement has yet to have been reached, and that led to Celtic leaking the details of the negotiations out on social media. The club claims that they had offered Turnbull a “fantastic” offer, but couldn’t come to an agreement with the agent.
The Scottish Sun also believes that Chief Executive Peter Lawwell is “surprised” that a deal hasn’t been done. And with Sheffield now apparently meeting Motherwell’s valuation, that could be troubling for the Hoops.
The Daily Record, however, believe things are more positive for Celtic. They have claimed today that Turnbull is still interested in a move to Parkhead, and that talks are still ongoing.
The Record also states that Turnbull’s decision isn’t based on cash. Instead, they believe that it’s down to who can offer him the best career progression.
Turnbull right to think over his decision
It’s important in these negotiations to remember that Turnbull didn’t grow up a Celtic supporter. He’s in the Stuart Armstrong bracket in that regard. Therefore, you can’t just expect Turnbull to leap at the chance to join us the way others in Scottish football might.
With the deal to Celtic having stalled, it was always going to be a matter of time before a rival club reached Motherwell’s valuation too. If it’s Sheffield Wednesday, however, then Turnbull does have a big decision to make.
If he comes to Celtic, he’ll have the challenging task of displacing the likes of Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie from the team. But if he instead decides his future lies in the Championship, he could be given more game-time.
What Turnbull must take into account, however, is that coming to Celtic could be so rewarding for him. The chance to win titles and trophies that he couldn’t dream of doing down south for a long time. So far, Turnbull hasn’t won anything in his career, and he now has the chance to change that.
But he must also realise that hard work is essential and a place in our team has to be earned. Nobody can guarantee game-time. Turnbull would have to show Neil Lennon that he’s capable of doing a better job than the players already there.
If he has high ambitions, then his next move should be a no-brainer.