Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as a leading contender for the Southampton job as Ronald Koeman’s switch to Everton is finalised.
The odds on the former Manchester City boss replacing Koeman have been cut over the past 24 hours after reports suggested he was a ‘shock contender’.
The 62-year-old from Chile is keen to land another job in England and hoped to land the Everton vacancy before Koeman was chosen.
It is understood that Pellegrini also has lucrative offers from China on the table but would prefer to remain in the Premier League – where he guided City to the title in his first season at the club.
The ex-Villarreal and Real Madrid boss faces competition from Frank de Boer, who resigned from Ajax at the end of the season, and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, but has more experience than both of the others put together.