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Turnbull's Celtic deal up in the air after agent wage snub


Unclear future: David Turnbull looked set to sign for Celtic
Unclear future: David Turnbull looked set to sign for Celtic

By Gavin McCafferty

David Turnbull's proposed move to Celtic is hanging in the balance after the Motherwell player's agent declined the Scottish champions' "magnificent" contract offer.

Motherwell accepted a club-record fee understood to be worth about £3million on Wednesday but talks over personal terms have broken down.

Celtic's contract remains on the table but there looks unlikely to be an improved offer.

Celtic said: "Celtic was pleased to agree a record-breaking fee with Motherwell FC and we have quickly followed this up with a fantastic offer to the player through his agent.

"Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player's agent.

"Celtic is content that it has made a magnificent offer and it is now up to the agent and player to decide if the player wants to join Celtic. If not, we move on."

A Parkhead source denied earlier claims that Turnbull had undergone a Celtic medical.

Motherwell rejected a bid from Barnsley earlier in the summer but it is understood there have been no fresh offers since Wednesday's development with Celtic.

More than a dozen clubs previously asked to be informed of developments, including Manchester City, Bournemouth and Bristol City.

The 19-year-old midfielder has two years left on his contract, which he only signed in January.

Speaking then, he said: "I can kick on now, keep getting games under my belt, keep trying to do what I'm doing and hopefully it could be the start of something.

"I think I've made a decent start, but I know I've got a lot to learn and the place for me to do that is at Motherwell."

Turnbull joined his boyhood club at the age of nine and enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough season last term, hitting 15 goals in 30 Ladbrokes Premiership games.

Meanwhile, Celtic could rekindle their interest in a former signing target, according to reports in the player's homeland.

Patrick Twumasi, who lined up for Astana against the Hoops in consecutive Champions League qualifiers, is currently with La Liga side Alaves after signing a four-year deal in July 2018.

The twice-capped Ghana international has made just 13 appearances for the Basque club - who also have ex-Celtic loanee and Twumasi's compatriot Mubarak Wakaso in their squad - and has failed to find the net in any of them.

And the Babazorros are understood to be open to offers for the 25-year-old attacker.

FC Copenhagen are also understood to be interested in Twumasi, who reportedly struggled to settle in Spain following his move from Kazakhstan.

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