Scottish champions Celtic have had a bid turned down for Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, according to Sky Sports.
The Bhoys are not resting on their laurels having secured a third domestic treble in succession last month, and are looking to improve their squad not just to retain their titles next season, but also to make a bigger impression on the European stage.
Neil Lennon is undergoing a search of players he thinks can make Celtic better, and has identified the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year, Turnbull, as one such player.
The Bhoys are understood to have offered £2 million for the midfielder which has been rejected, but the two clubs are believed to still be negotiating over a move, with the 19-year-old expected to leave Fir Park this summer.
Motherwell want Celtic to pay £3m for their man, so there is some deliberations to be concluded in order for the Glasgow giants to get their hands on the talented youngster.
If the Bhoys are going to get hold of him, they will need to be strong in those discussions, as there has also been an interest in Turnbull from Championship new boys Barnsley, a club who are forging a reputation for taking young players and making them better before selling them for huge profits.
Whether the midfielder would want to cross the border and play in England remains to be seen, and Celtic will hope that the lure of winning titles and potentially playing in Europe will put them in the box seat regarding securing his signature.
Turnbull is under contract at Motherwell until 2022 but after such a fantastic season, it seems as though he has outgrown them, leaving the Scottish Premiership club to cash in on their asset.
They are holding out for £3m, which Celtic might have to pay else they would risk losing out on him to clubs across the border.