Alan Pardew has refused to comment on reports linking him with the Celtic job.
It has been claimed that Southampton boss Pardew was recommended to the Parkhead hierarchy after they sought opinions from respected figures in the game about who should succeed Tony Mowbray as manager.
Pardew declined to rule himself in or out of the running when contacted by Press Association Sport on Thursday afternoon.
He said: "It has been brought to my attention that my name is in one of the papers but I have no comment to make."
Caretaker boss Neil Lennon remains the bookmakers' favourite for the job. The former Celtic captain this week said he had yet to hold talks with major shareholder Dermot Desmond or chief executive Peter Lawwell about being appointed on a permanent basis, but the Northern Irishman is desperate to be handed the reins.
Pardew, 49, led West Ham to the 2006 FA Cup final, seeing his team beaten by Liverpool on penalties.