Southampton have reportedly moved ahead of Celtic in the race to sign David Turnbull from Motherwell.
The Hoops appeared to have been in the driving seat as they agreed a £3 million deal to land the midfielder.
However, as confirmed by Celtic’s official Twitter account, they failed to initially reach an agreement with Turnbull’s agent as talks entered an advanced stage.
Twitter: Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player’s agent.
#CelticFC is content that it has m… https://t.co/JQukysWro6 (@CelticFC)
According to claims from Football Insider, the reason for the transfer stalling is because of a late move from Southampton, who have made a lucrative offer to recruit the youngster.
Turnbull had an impressive season at Motherwell. He found the net on 16 occasions from midfield and chipped in with a further seven assists.
Southampton have been linked with a move to sign the 19-year-old since the January transfer window, and it appears as though they are working hard to secure the Scotsman this summer.
Young players who could thrive at Southampton next season
Valery had a superb debut season and is set to continue at right-back in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 4-2-2-2 system next term.
Ryan Bertrand or Matt Targett could be sold this summer. If so, Vokins could sense an opportunity to stake his claim at left-back.
Slattery was introduced at times last season and looked at home in senior football. He could play an involved role next term.
Obafemi will be keen to put his injury woes behind him and work his way into Hasenhuttl’s starting line-up next season.