MOTHERWELL will be looking for around £3million before they will consider selling prize asset David Turnbull.

Reports yesterday in the Daily Mail detailed how Celtic were willing to test the resolve of the Fir Park club with a bid of around £1.2million for the midfielder, but Herald Sport understands that figure falls way below Motherwell’s valuation of the 19-year-old.

Turnbull has two years left on his contract after signing a new deal with his boyhood club back in January. It is understood that at least five clubs in England – including two Premier League clubs - have already enquired about the youngster, although no bids have yet been received.

Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows took to Twitter yesterday to allay any concerns from supporters of his club over the prospect of Turnbull being allowed to leave on the cheap, reiterating that it would take significantly more than the club record fee received when Celtic paid £1.75million for Phil O’Donnell 25 years ago to prise Turnbull away from Fir Park.

Herald sport understands that Motherwell would also be looking for attractive add-ons and a substantial sell-on clause before any deal could be done.

Burrows tweeted: “Getting some questions re David Turnbull, given today’s newspaper report. I try not to reply to speculation (for obvious reasons), but to reiterate what I’ve already gone on public record as saying. We will only consider offers of significantly more than our record fee received.”

Turnbull scored 15 times in 32 appearance for Motherwell in all competitions last season, picking up the Scottish Football Writers Young Player of the Year Award.