It seems that Celtic are once more interested in signing Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull. The Scottish Sun is reporting that the Hoops are set to make a move for the player in January once he has recovered from his knee injury.
Should Turnbull sign for Celtic, it could have a knock-on effect concerning the future of one of Celtic’s other midfielders. That player is Olivier Ntcham.
Hasn’t been a first-team regular this season
Ntcham has been in and out of the Celtic side so far this season. When he has played he has done well, but he has gone weeks without featuring for the Hoops.
Therefore, it would be not a huge shock to see Celtic decide to move the player on in January should Turnbull sign. The Hoops would have a raft of central midfielders should Turnbull sign, and it might be a good idea to sell one that Celtic could get a decent sum of money for.
Ntcham falls into that category. He is certainly a player who on his day is one of the best in Scotland. But if Celtic can get sell the player for at least a £10 million plus sum of money it would be a good move for a player who cost £4.5 million.
Trio of teams were reportedly interested in player
There have been teams interested in Ntcham in the recent past. In the summer transfer window, Lyon, Marseille and Porto were all credited with an interested in the player.
Ntcham himself even admitted that he was considering leaving the Hoops. That didn’t happen, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the near future.
It depends on Turnbull. Should Celtic sign him from Motherwell, then it could make sense to sell Ntcham in January. Should the Hoops not sign Turnbull, then it makes sense to keep the Frenchman at Celtic until the end of the season. He could still play a part in helping the Hoops win nine in a row.