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. 

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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.

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