Newcastle to rival Celtic in race to land highly-rated midfielder

Newcastle are reportedly keeping tabs on Motherwell star David Turnbull, having scouted the midfielder last season.

The Chronicle reports that the Magpies had the 21-year-old watched on a number of occasions after he made his return from injury.

They claim that United Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson “liked the look of” the Carluke-born midfielder.

Celtic transfer chief Nicky Hammond also scouted the midfielder during Motherwell’s behind-closed-doors clash with Kilmarnock last week.

The Daily Mail states that Neil Lennon has maintained “regular checks” on the fitness and form of Turnbull.

The midfielder had been due to move to Parkhead last summer before being struck down by injury.



Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane put Gareth Bale’s absence from Sunday’s draw with Leganes down to a “technical decision”.

Bale was been axed from Real Madrid’s 22-man squad for their final La Liga game of the season, prompting more talk he will leave this summer.

All signs point towards an exit, and the Daily Star claims that three clubs in the running for his signature.

They report that former club Spurs remain an option, while Newcastle and LA Galaxy are the other two mentioned.

But Zidane explained the decison after Sunday’s 2-2 draw. Read more…