Celtic have exited the race to sign Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, who is understood to be a transfer target for Southampton, but Norwich City have emerged as the front-runners.
The Hoops had agreed a deal believed to be worth £3.25 million to sign the youngster but failed to secure his signature, as talks broke down between the club and the player’s agent.
Southampton reportedly made an eleventh-hour move to recruit the Motherwell star, who scored 16 goals for his side last season, offering Turnbull another possible switch away from Fir Park.
However, according to claims from The Daily Record, Norwich have agreed a deal with the Scottish Premiership club and are now leading their competitors in the race for the midfielder’s signature.
Celtic worked hard to tie up a transfer for the 19-year-old but look to have been unsuccessful in their efforts, leading them to drop their interest in the player.
This appeared to have left Southampton in the driving seat to wrap up a deal for Turnbull, but it seems they could lose out to the newly-promoted Canaries.
Why Southampton would be the ideal destination for Turnbull
Southampton are prioritising the signings of young players this summer. Turnbull fits the mould and would be recruited with the view of being a key man in the future.
Adding Turnbull to the squad would add a different style of midfielder. He has shown his quality in the final third for Motherwell and would add a goalscoring option from deep.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has a proven track record of developing and improving young talents. Turnbull would undoubtedly benefit from his management.
Turnbull would play at a higher standard in the Premier League than in the Scottish Premiership. This naturally gives the likes of Southampton and Norwich the upper hand.