Celtic and Newcastle United in for midfielder

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The race to become Scottish champions next year is already very much underway.

While Rangers have aspirations of kicking on next term and providing viable competition, the target at Parkhead is much more ambitious.

Coming away as Champions next term will mean that Celtic have made in 10 titles in a row - something that their rivals will certainly find difficult to stomach.

However if the Bhoys are to do that then they'll need to make sure that they make a success of the summer's transfer market.

Several positions are being targeted this summer, with a goalkeeper and a striker among those on the hitlist.

However Celtic are also looking for a midfielder.

According to the Daily Record, one man on their list of targets is David Turnbull.

The Motherwell midfielder has been tipped for a big move this summer after showing his quality in recent seasons.

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Turnbull was on the cusp of moving to Parkhead last summer, but had his move cancelled with a medical showed a potentially serious knee injury.

After spending much time in the sidelines, the 21-year-old is now back to fitness and has been watched by several scouts in recent weeks.

Celtic are one of the clubs who are watching him, alongside Newcastle United and Stoke City who are also said to be keen.

While the Bhoys are keen on a move, it's claimed that they're hoping to monitor him further once the season restarts next months ahead of making a move before the transfer window shuts in October.

For Newcastle United, Turnbull could be an ideal man to occupy the centre of midfield.

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Nabil Bentaleb looks set to leave the club once his loan spell expires, while the future of Matty Longstaff remains up in the air which means they could be short of options in the middle of the park.

With Turnbull likely to cost no more than £5million, he seems like a cost-effective option.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

There's no doubting that David Turnbull could be a very good signing.

The midfielder's quality is not up for debate as he has the ability to play at the highest level.

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The only real question mark at this point is his injury record.

If he could stay fit, Turnbull would almost certainly hit the ground running with Celtic.

As for Newcastle United, it remains to be seen whether he is ready to take the step to the Premier League.

All that he can do is focus on his performances in the coming weeks and he's bound to get an opportunity to show his quality at a higher level.

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