Celtic have been handed a “big” boost in their pursuit of Eddie Howe as Crystal Palace eye a move for Sean Dyche.

That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the Hoops remain managerless three months after Neil Lennon resigned.

This site revealed in April that Howe was on Crystal Palace’s original three-man shortlist to take over from Roy Hodgson alongside Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche.

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Palace have now made contact with Burnley and have been told it will take a £3million compensation package to prise Dyche away from Turf Moor.

Howe reached a verbal agreement with Celtic to become their new manager two months ago but then had second thoughts while he assessed his options.

Celtic presented the 43-year-old with a “wonderful offer” to succeed Lennon.

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“There’s a lot of jobs that are around,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Eddie Howe, for me, would prefer the Crystal Palace job. It’s closer to home and a nice project to have and start again with.

“I’m sure that’s what he would prefer but Crystal Palace may be looking at other candidates like they were with Frank Lampard and now Dyche.

“Maybe the Celtic job will be the one that he takes. It’s a big boost for them if Dyche gets the Palace job.”

Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.


He spent over 10 years in charge of the Cherries which was interrupted by a year spent in charge of Burnley.

Bournemouth rose from League Two to the Premier League under the Englishman’s stewardship.

In other news, Celtic are to terminate the contract of a £4.5million-valued star in a shock move.