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13th Mar, 2018 | 8:37am

PL club with big transfer budget in hunt for £2.5m-a-year Celtic man - report

Manageress Southampton, who sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday, are mulling over an approach for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the relegation threatened Premier League side’s vice-chairman of football Les Reed is a “big admirer” of the Hoops manager, who is understood to be earning £2.5million-a-year at Parkhead.

The report goes on to claim that Rodgers and former Watford boss Marco Silva are set to be among the names that Reed will tell Southampton owner Gao Jisheng to approach to take over at St Mary’s.

Former boss Pellegrino was sacked after a wretched run of form and Southampton are currently in 17th place in the Premier League table, only one point and place above the relegation zone with eight matches to go this season.

He leaves behind a club that no doubt has a huge transfer budget after selling Virgil van Dijk for £75million and only signing Guido Carrillo for £19million in January.

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This story doesn’t seem to have much substance to it, there’s no doubt that Reed may be a fan of the Hoops boss but he probably has many admirers in England because of how well he did at Liverpool. Aside from the lack of validity to the story, the time just doesn’t seam right for the Hoops boss to leave Glasgow for a club in a very tough relegation battle, and no doubt many Hoops fans will see the story as mischief making after the Bhoys’ 3-2 win over Rangers on Sunday. Rodgers may well return to the Premier League sooner rather than later, but now doesn’t seem like the right time and Southampton don’t seem like the right club.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are plotting to sign Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal in the summer

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