Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull’s move to Celtic has collapsed after the clubs failed to re-negotiate fresh terms.
The Hoops asked for further talks on their £3.25million swoop for the 19-year-old after a medical uncovered an existing knee complaint.
But Well chiefs have now announced the deal is off after failing to reach an acceptable compromise with their Parkhead counterparts.
The Fir Park bosses have confirmed the Scottish Football Writers Association’s Young Player of the Year now requires surgery but insist the problem will not keep him out for long.
In a statement, the Steelmen said: “David Turnbull is to remain a Motherwell player, with a proposed move to Celtic FC no longer taking place.
“An agreement was reached with the Glasgow club on 12 June, subject to the player agreeing personal terms, which he did, and undergoing a medical.
“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.”
The statement added: “David will now remain at Fir Park and will shortly have an operation which will rule him out of any football for an extended period, the exact length to be determined following surgery.
“We will give David all the support he needs during this process. We wish him the best with his procedure and rehabilitation, and look forward to watching him play in claret and amber again in the near future.”
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