Celtic step up pursuit of £3m Motherwell ace David Turnbull - competition from nine teams

Celtic have stepped up the ante in their pursuit of Motherwell star David Turnbull.

David Turnbull scored 15 league goals from midfield. Picture: SNS

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Twelve months ago John McGinn was seen as a key target for Brendan Rodgers. However, the club dallied, allowing Aston Villa to swoop in and sign the midfield dynamo from Hibernian for £2.7million.

David Turnbull scored 15 league goals from midfield. Picture: SNS

In hindsight the price was a bargain for the Birmingham club with the Scotland international playing a pivotal role in helping Villa win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

Celtic are moving quick for Turnbull - one of the rising stars of Scottish football - with reportedly nine other clubs showing interest, including Premier League sides Southampton and Burnley.

Earlier in the week it was reported that they were considering £1.2million, but Motherwell chief Alan Burrows took to Twitter to state that the club will only sell their wonderkid for a record sale, more than the £1.75million they received from Celtic for Phil O'Donnell.

The Steelmen want at least £3million for the 19-year-old who hit 15 league goals from midfield this season just past.

In January Turnbull, a boyhood Motherwell fan, extended his deal at Fir Park until 2021, putting the club in a strong bargaining position.