The long and winding saga of David Turnbull’s transfer to Celtic has come to a conclusion, with Motherwell confirming the deal is off.
Motherwell confirmed the midfielder will stay at Fir Park.
They tweeted: ” David Turnbull is to remain a Motherwell player, with a proposed move to Celtic FC no longer taking place.”
Negotiations between the clubs had been ongoing, but Motherwell rejected Celtic’s ‘revised terms’.
They said: “During that medical process, an issue was identified that will require David to have immediate preventative surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.
Celtic were still keen to sign the player despite this matter arising. But having presented revised transfer terms to Motherwell, the clubs could not reach an agreement.”
Celtic followed up with a statement saying the midfielder would be “out of action for a considerable length of time”.
The statement on the club’s website said: “Following the announcement today from Motherwell FC that the proposed transfer of David Turnbull from the club to Celtic will no longer take place, Celtic Football Club has released the following statement.
‘It is unfortunate that we were not able to proceed with the transfer of David to Celtic, having agreed a significant fee with Motherwell and reaching agreement with the player.
‘It is regrettable that David will be out of action for a considerable length of time and, clearly, these circumstances are totally outwith the club’s control. We did everything we could to find a solution.
‘We would like to thank David and his representatives for the professionalism they have shown throughout. We also thank Motherwell FC for the way they have handled this process.
‘We wish David all the very best with the operation and every success for the future
Turnbull had appeared set to sign for Celtic before a surprise move saw him head to Norwich for talks.
In a further twist, the switch to Celtic appeared to be on again after Turnbull opted for Parkhead for ‘football reasons’.
A knee issue appeared following two medicals and the two clubs entered negotiations over keeping the deal alive.
However, the Fir Park side’s tweet finally brings a curtain down on the move in what will be a disappointment to all parties.
Neil Lennon had hoped to add the youngster’s directness and goal threat as he shapes his side for the new season in Austria.
From the clubs’ statements it doesn’t appear that the move will be revisited any time in the near future.
Celtic will now look to get in other targets ahead of a new season that kicks off in less than two weeks with a trip to Bosnia to play FK Sarajevo in a Champions League qualifier.