A pundit has claimed Eddie Howe is 'holding off' on an approach from Celtic due to talks with Newcastle United.

Elsewhere, Mike Ashley remains committed to pushing through a sale of the Magpie by the beginning of next season.

Here are your Newcastle United headlines for April 13:

Howe 'talking' to Magpies

Eddie Howe is 'talking' to Newcastle United and 'holding back' on replacing Neil Lennon at Celtic.

That's the view of former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, who believes the former Bournemouth manager is being 'disrespectful' to the Glasgow giants.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

Howe has held discussions over the post at Parkhead, but is reportedly assessing his options having been linked with a number of roles in England.

The 43-year-old is considered one of the leading contenders to take over at St James' Park should Steve Bruce leave his post after months of intense scrutiny over his future.

A recent ChronicleLive survey revealed Howe was the leading choice among supporters to replace the Magpies head coach due to the team's dreadful form in recent months.

Ashley's takeover stance

Mike Ashley would like to see somebody else take on the challenge of taking Newcastle United to the next level in time for pre-season 2021.

In fact, the club would have been in the hands of a new supremo months ago had the tycoon got his way this time last year.

Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley

For all the false dawns on Tyneside, takeover stories and speculation and Ashley's own inconsistencies with what he wants to do with the much-maligned Magpies, his eyes are still very much on selling the club to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers.

And that has been the case since last April when he told his legal team to prepare the takeover work for the £340million sale to go through from his Miami holiday home at the start of lockdown.

Allardyce's survival message

Sam Allardyce admits West Brom have their 'fingers crossed' for slip-ups from their relegation rivals.

The Baggies closed the gap to 17th-placed Newcastle United to eight points once again with an emphatic home victory over Southampton on Monday night.

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce

Goals from Matheus Pereira, Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson ensured it was back-to-back victories for Allardyce's side following a remarkable win at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.

It is a run which means West Brom could now emerge as the Magpies' main relegation rival. The Baggies have a game in hand on Fulham, and victory would lift them above Scott Parker's side.

Allardyce praised his side for their latest victory at the Hawthorns, and revealed United's victory at Turf Moor the day before had increased the pressure on his team.

Dragusin snub claim

Radu Dragusin rejected the offer of a move to Newcastle United according to the Juventus defender's agent.

Dragusin's recently signed a new deal with the Serie A giants, tying in him down until 2025.

Radu Dragusin of Juventus FC during the quarter-final of Italy Cup match between Juventus FC and S.P.A.L
Radu Dragusin of Juventus FC during the quarter-final of Italy Cup match between Juventus FC and S.P.A.L

His future had been the source of constant speculation given that his deal was up this summer with the Magpies linked with a move on several occasions.

Upon signing a new deal with Juventus, Dragusin's agent - Florin Manea - claimed that Newcastle were one of several clubs who offered the defender a contract.

Pardew interview

Alan Pardew has revealed he once bumped into a 'fully-grown' Newcastle United supporter in a full kit at a petrol station - and the former Magpies' boss 'loved it'.

Pardew replaced the popular Chris Hughton in 2010 and spent more than four years at St James' Park before he left to take charge of Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew smiles during a Newcastle United training session on November 3, 2011
Alan Pardew smiles during a Newcastle United training session on November 3, 2011

The Londoner remains the only manager in the Ashley era to lead Newcastle into Europe, after a fifth-place finish in 2012, and the Magpies went on to reach the Europa League quarter-finals the following season.

While that represented Newcastle's best run in Europe in eight years, Pardew's thin squad struggled domestically and only achieved Premier League safety on the penultimate day of the campaign.

Supporters repeatedly called for Pardew to step aside and, with his side in ninth place, the Magpies' boss eventually left to take over Palace midway through the 2014-15 season.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Pardew has reflected on his spell at Newcastle and what makes the club a little different to the other teams he managed.

Coleman's 'disappointment'

Seamus Coleman has namechecked the home defeat to Newcastle United as a 'disappointment' in Everton's season so far.

Carlo Ancelotti's side remain in the hunt for European football following a goalless draw at Brighton on Monday night.

The Toffees are seven points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham United but have a game in hand, and host Tottenham in their next outing on Friday night.

Seamus Coleman during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on January 30, 2021
Seamus Coleman during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on January 30, 2021

It has been a quietly impressive season for Everton so far, but Ancelotti's side have been criticised for dropping points to teams battling to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Toffees were beaten at Goodison Park by both Fulham and Newcastle in recent months, with a Callum Wilson brace earning the Magpies a vital victory in January.

Lineker's apology

Gary Lineker has apologised to Alan Shearer after the Match of the Day host previously 'had a pop' at the Newcastle United legend for playing for the Magpies just a few days after missing an England game through injury.

Shearer won 63 caps for England and the Euro '96 Golden Boot winner captained the Three Lions under both Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan.

Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer
Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer

Shearer loved playing for England but, in his days as a pundit, Lineker took issue with an unspecified occasion where the No 9 played for Newcastle at the weekend after missing an England game with an injury a few days previously.

Lineker may have forgotten the incident, but Shearer certainly remembered it as the pair and Micah Richards discussed how punditry has changed over the years on Match of the Day: Top 10.