It looks well set that Sam Allardyce will be leaving the Boleyn Ground in the summer, and West Ham have lined up former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes as his replacement, according to The Telegraph.
The Telegraph reports that the Scotsman is being considered alongside former Hammers star Slaven Bilic, although the former is the prime target.
Currently in charge at La Liga side Real Sociedad, Moyes is by all considerations enjoying life in Spain, and it could be extremely hard to tempt him back to England.
Regardless, the Hammers have been moving ahead in their plans to secure Moyes - who most recently endured a dreadful spell in England with Manchester United - and they have made a key move that could see the highly-rated coach want to return to the Premier League.
Former Everton scout Tony Henry was appointed to the Hammers coaching staff earlier this season, and a new report in the Telegraph has claimed that Moyes’s former scout has been promoted to the chief scout role for this summer’s recruitment, ahead of Allardyce's favourite Martin Glover.
The move is expected to increase the interest in the role to Moyes, who will know that he will have the backing of West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold as soon as he arrives at the club.
It remains to be seen whether Moyes will accept the chance to return to England in the summer, but this latest move by West Ham certainly hints at the planning of a future without Allardyce at the helm.