Celtic should return for David Turnbull in January transfer window

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

David Turnbull, one of Celtic’s big summer transfer targets, is set to earn a new contract at Motherwell, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s the story?

Turnbull was on the verge of joining the Hoops last week before a club medical revealed a knee problem that requires surgery.

The deal collapsed, seemingly through no fault of any of the invested parties, and it was later confirmed the 19-year-old will now be staying at the Steelmen to rehab.

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The paper say that in order to soften the blow of his failed move to the Hoops, Motherwell are now set to hand him a new three-year deal at Fir Park, increasing his wages and inserting a transfer release clause into his contract.

It’s said that the release clause will stand at the £3.25m figure Celtic were willing to pay for him before his medical issues.

His injury problems are now expected to keep him out for the rest of the year, but the report states that there should be no long-term problems resulting from the surgery.

January move

Celtic legend Davie Hay has tipped the player this weekend to bounce back from the injury blow and possibly win a move to Celtic Park again.

It’s certainly something the Hoops should consider.

If the contract reports are true then he is not going to cost any more than the fee they were willing to pay for him last week, making any potential deal straightforward.

With any other interested clubs now aware of what it will cost to sign him, Celtic shouldn’t waste any time and follow up their major summer interest with a January move for the player.

Turnbull is a significant midfield talent having scored 15 times last season, winning the SFWA Young Player of the Year award in the process.

The deal is still there to be done and there’s no reason the Hoops should miss out.

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