The 43-year-old ditched the vacant job at Sheffield United and another top role as interest in securing his signature grows

In-demand Eddie Howe has turned down offers from TWO English Premier League clubs while campaigning for the Celtic job

Record Sport can exclusively reveal that the former Bournemouth boss had the chance to follow Chris Wilder at Sheffield United this week

But the 43-year-old threw back the vacant position at Blades and another high-profile team that currently has a manager in the position

Howe is now the leading contender to become Neil Lennon’s permanent successor, and Parkhead is the Englishman’s preferred target

Its representatives are believed to have spoken to Celtic chiefs about the odds of winning, and these discussions are expected to intensify in the coming days

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And the claims that Howe put his heart on a job south of the border are far from the mark, and the rejection of two offers including Premier League leaders Sheffield United shows it

A senior source close to the current negotiations with Celtic said: “Eddie is very interested in Celtic and claims that he just wants a job in England that couldn’t be further from the truth”

“He’s already turned down two job offers in the English Premier League, including Sheffield United just this week. Location doesn’t matter – what matters is that the club fits Eddie and Eddie fits the club

“Eddie is not the type to take a job. He needs to know that the structure is right and that everything is in place for him to succeed”

The owner of the blades, Prince Abdullah, identified Howe as the man he wanted to replace Wilder was replaced by his beloved Bournemouth on his track record, whom he led to three promotions to reach the Premier League and the club’s top ninth place

Howe’s former assistant Jason Tindall, who succeeded him as Bournemouth gaffer, is currently ranked No. 1 at Yorkshire Club 2 to interim boss and former Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom but he doesn’t think this is the right job for him as they prepare for life in the championship next season

Howe’s two spells responsible for the cherries earned a brief, unsuccessful spell at Burnley, but it was linked to jobs in England and Arsenal during the height of his success in Bournemouth

Since leaving Vitality Stadium after relegation from Bournemouth last August he has been unemployed and is now looking for his next challenge

Howe has been linked to a number of top jobs but only two appearances have been offered including Sheffield United and another with a manager currently at the helm – but not Newcastle United with Steve Bruce who is currently under severe pressure in the northeast

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