Eddie Howe cannot expect a huge transfer budget and complete control over transfers at Celtic, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender cited Jose Mourinho’s situation at Tottenham to show even the biggest managers in the world do not always get what they want.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month Howe had reached a verbal agreement to take over at Parkhead but club chiefs are now increasingly anxious he is having second thoughts.

This site also revealed he has held talks with Premier League club Crystal Palace with Roy Hodgson’s contract set to expire in the summer.

Sky Sports report Howe wants to wait until the summer before returning to management.

“There may be one or two issues, maybe it’s about transfer budget, maybe it’s about recruitment,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“There’s a balancing act. You look at what Spurs did when they brought Mourinho in, they didn’t give him what he wanted. A huge budget and new players and everything else.

“Times are hard. We all want a $1billion purse to go out and buy who you want to buy.

“There’s always a balancing act of how you want to progress, how you’re going to do that and how you’re going to progress. Maybe that’s just where they’re at at the moment.

“Maybe there’s no rush because they’re not at the end of the season and they’re trying to work out the direction of the club, who’s going to be there and what players are going to be there.”

Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth following the relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.

In other news, Celtic are in talks to sign a striker with a six-figure fee in line to be paid.