Brendan Rodgers 'chosen' for Newcastle job as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is leapfrogged by old Celtic rival

By James Gould & Robbie Copeland

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been heavily tipped by bookies to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle and according to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio the Magpies have decided that Rodgers is the man they want.

According to Di Marzio, there is a £16m buyout clause in Rodgers' contract which the new owners would have to pay as the Foxes will not open talks.

Newcastle are preparing for a revolution after the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund bought out Mike Ashley making them one of the richest clubs in the world.

Bruce remains in place but reports down south have suggested he will be leaving the club within the next few days.

It's claimed Newcastle want a marquee replacement and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been frequently been linked.

But he remains an outsider as far as bookies are concerned, placed anywhere between 8/1 and 14/1 after a flurry of bets.

Brendan Rodgers (Getty Images)

In stark contrast, Coral have made ex Celtic boss Rodgers the 2/1 favourite.

That comes after a huge surge towards the Leicester boss that have seen him slashed from 16/1 on Monday.

He's moved to the front of the queue with most bookies ahead of the likes of Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre and Antonio Conte.

Rodgers has turned Leicester from a mid-table side into a top-four contender since joining from Celtic in 2019 but the Foxes have endured a difficult start to this season.

It would likely still take a substantial fee to convince Leicester to part with him, although money is likely to be no object in Tyneside these days.

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