City in for Turnbull - but face stiff competition

Norwich City is in the race to sign Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull Picture: PA

Norwich City is in the race to sign Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Norwich City face a battle to land Motherwell prodigy David Turnbull.

The Canaries looked to have moved into pole position, following the collapse of a proposed switch to Celtic, after reports in Scotland claimed the Premier League new boys had agreed a £3.25m fee.

City are interested in the attacking midfielder but no talks have taken place with Turnbull.

The 19-year-old is expected to discuss a potential move south with a number of clubs in England over the coming days.

Championship duo Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City have both been strongly linked with the highly-rated midfielder, while Southampton had been mooted as a possible rival for his signature.

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Turnbull was reportedly absent on Wednesday as the rest of Motherwell's squad returned for pre-season training. But speculation he was in Norwich to agree personal terms and undergo a medical are wide of the mark.

The Scottish Under-21 international is represented by the same agency as both Jamal Lewis and Grant Hanley, along with Liverpool's Champions League winning left back Andy Robertson.

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Celtic heavily criticised Turnbull's representatives prior to the weekend, after a failure to agree personal terms.

Reports in the Scottish media in recent days suggested the Bhoys had offered the teenager a £12,000 weekly salary to join the Glasgow giants.

Former City loan defender and now Celtic assistant boss, John Kennedy, confirmed on Wednesday they would not revive their interest.

"Not everything works out, so we've got to move on and do business elsewhere," he said. "It's one where you don't just put all your eggs in one basket.

"We've got a number of targets and, if it's not right for us, we need to move on to our next target and that's what we aim to do.

"If he goes and signs for Norwich, good luck to him. He's a good player, talented player."

Turnbull is widely regarded as the finest young prospect north of the border, after an eye-catching season at the Steelmen.

The midfielder notched 16 goals and provided another eight assists in 34 appearances to prompt the Scottish champions to make their summer move.

The Canaries are rapidly forging a reputation for blooding exciting talent, with Rochdale's England Under-18 midfielder Daniel Adshead the latest addition to their development pool earlier this week.

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