Newcastle face £13.5m fee for ‘No 1 priority’ Brendan Rodgers with stance clear on switch

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Newcastle United have reportedly earmarked Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers as their preferred candidate to become the club’s new manager. However, the former Liverpool manager reportedly has no interest in taking the role.

It’s expected that current boss Steve Bruce will be dismissed for this Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.

The Magpies are under new ownership following the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) group’s £305million takeover last week, and the new hierarchy are putting the foundations in place to transform a club that was neglected during predecessor Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign.

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And their first act will be to axe Bruce ahead of the Spurs game – which would have been his 1000th game as a manager. But fan resentment to the current boss means keeping him on isn’t an option.

A host of names have been linked with the St James Park hot seat, but it the Toon Army’s new hierarchy had set their sights high by targeting a move for Rodgers.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the club’s new owners believed that Rodgers would fit the bill as the man they desire to revive the Tyneside giants – although they would need to stump up a staggering £13.5m to trigger his buyout clause.

However, The Telegraph report that he has no interest in leaving the King Power Stadium and is still committed to Leicester.

Rodgers has forged a reputation as one of the brightest British managers in the game and steered Leicester to their first-ever FA Cup win last May.

During his time in Scotland, Rodgers guided Celtic to seven consecutive league titles and has continued to enhance his growing reputation since returning to England.

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And his impressive work back in the Premier League has seen other teams cast admiring glances in his direction.

He was publicly courted for the Tottenham job at the end of last season but decided to remain with the Foxes.

And it now seems as though Newcastle, awash with cash after their takeover or not, haven’t had any better luck in trying to lure the Northern Irishman away from his current role.

“They have no worries about myself – I absolutely love it here at Leicester City,” he said after Leicester just missed out on a top four finish. “I feel emotional now that we have just missed out but that motivates me even more to be here and to try to help the club and push them up towards that level.”

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