Celtic have opened negotiations with Motherwell for midfielder David Turnbull, according to reports in Scotland.
The Hoops have officially registered their interest in the 19-year-old, but they face major competition for the player’s signature.
No less than nine other clubs are said to be keen on signing Turnbull, with three of those reportedly being English Premier League teams.
Brighton, Southampton and Burnley are all believed to be interested in the Scottish Under 21 international, while Bristol City are also reportedly involved in the race.
Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows is said to be holding out for at least £3m for Turnbull, but the amount of interest could see that figure skyrocket.
The central midfield player was named the SFA Young Player of the Year for his performances last season. He scored 15 goals and contributed six assists in just 30 league games for his club.
Turnbull only made his senior debut for Motherwell against Dundee in the Scottish Cup 14 months ago.