According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, West Ham are talking to the advisers of Cesare Prandelli - but still want Frank de Boer as their manager.
The Hammers parted company with boss Sam Allardyce immediately following last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season, meaning co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan now need to find a replacement.
Ex-West Ham defender Slaven Bilic is the current favourite with the bookmakers, but Gazzetta believe that there is ongoing talks between the Hammers hierarchy and former Italy boss Prandelli.
The 57-year-old made his name as manager of Fiorentina before taking the job with the Italian national team in 2010, but left last summer after a shock first round exit in the 2014 World Cup.
An ill-fated spell as Galatasaray boss followed, and having lasted just 147 days in charge of the Turkish giants, Prandelli has been a free agent since November.
Now potentially looking to get back into management, Prandelli is allegedly in tentative talks with West Ham over the possibility of a move to Upton Park - though ex-Barcelona and Rangers defender Frank de Boer remains the first choice for Gold and Sullivan, according to the report.
De Boer, 45, has won around 60% of his games as Ajax boss but this is the first season where has failed to win the Eredivisie title, with PSV Eindhoven romping to first place.
That could leave de Boer seeking a new challenge this summer, and that's certainly what West Ham are allegedly hoping for - despite their discussions with Prandelli's representatives.