CELTIC have warned Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull and his agent Liam O’Donnell they will NOT get involved in a wage-bidding war.

The eight-in-a-row champions had a £3million bid for the 19-year-old prospect accepted by the Fir Park outfit earlier this week.

Their personal terms to Turnbull in a four-year deal are believed to be more than TEN times the weekly pay packet he is receiving at the Lanarkshire outfit.

However, the switch has stalled and, in club release yesterday, the Hoops insisted they were prepared to walk away from the deal.

I read: “Celtic was pleased to agree a record-breaking fee with Motherwell FC for David Turnbull and we have quickly followed this up with a fantastic offer to the player through his agent.

“Currently, we have been unable to come to an agreement with the player’s agent.

“Celtic FC is content that it has made a magnificent offer and it is now up to the agent and player to decide if the player wants to join Celtic.

“If not, we move on.”

Turnbull’s future is now in the balance as the history-making treble-treble winners step up their restrengthening quest ahead of the upcoming Champions League qualifiers.

Neil Lennon is keen on £2.8million-rated Sheffield United full-back George Baldock as well as £8million Toulouse centre-back Christopher Jullien, while Bolton youngster Luca Connell remains a target.

The players are due to report for pre-season training on Monday – with the international reresentatives expected back towards next weekend – with the European draw taking place on Tuesday ahead of the first legs on July 10/11.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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