The former Bournemouth boss has been the number one target for the Parkhead club since the departure of Neil Lennon in February.
Talks have been taking place across the past few months, with Howe reportedly agreeing to step into the role, but contractual obligations at his previous club, and his hopes of luring some of his old Bournemouth backroom staff, have delayed his appointment.
With reports suggesting Howe could be announced this week, we take a look back at his signing record at Bournemouth, where he spent around £250m in his second spell in charge, which included promotion to the Premier League and five years in the top flight before relegation and his departure last year.
Here we rate his 12 most expensive signings as either hit or miss. It’s fair to say it is a mixed bag …
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5. Philip Billing - £14.8m
Bought from Huddersfield in the summer of 2019, the Danish midfielder was rare shining light for Bournemouth in their relegation campaign. Has been a key player in the Championship this term, with a career-best 8 goals. Verdict: HIT
Photo: GLYN KIRK
6. Arnaut Danjuma - £13.7m
Signed from Club Brugge in August 2019 on a long-term contract. Caught the eye in his first season despite the club's relegation and has been a stand-out in the Championship with 17 goals, 8 assists and voted the fans player of the year. VERDICT: HIT
Photo: Warren Little
7. Diego Rico - £13.5
Signed from Leganes in July 2018 on a four-year contract, the Spanish left back initially struggled with the demands of English football, but improved in year two when he was among the top interceptors in the Premier League in 2019-20. Verdict: HIT
Photo: Naomi Baker
8. Lloyd Kelly - £13m
Signed from Bristol City in May 2019, the England U21 centre-back made only eight appearances in his first season as Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League but he has become a mainstay in the Championship. Verdict: HIT
Photo: Stephen Pond