Turnbull Deal Not As Cast-Iron As Southgate Suggests!

Last updated : 17 December 2008 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate suggested that the club are close to finalising terms with both Turnbull and his current goalkeeping understudy Brad Jones, but neither have signed what has been put in front of them.

The pair are out of contract at the end of the season and would be free to talk to any interested clubs in January.

Turnbull: "We have had talks. There has been nothing recently but I'm looking to get that sorted as soon as possible.

"I'm not sure about Brad's talks. But we are not too far away from agreeing my deal, although I would not say we are close yet either.

"I just want it sorting as soon as possible. I want to stay.

"I have said that all the way along and I just hope it will get sorted sooner rather than later."

Jones suffered a dislocated finger in the warm-up at Liverpool in the second match of the season, and Turnbull has held down his place ever since.

Southgate has alledly been checking out Newcastle understudy Steve Harper, but the Easington-born goalkeeper looks set to sign a one year deal at St James Park.