According to The Sun, Southampton have made an approach to former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga about succeeding Ronald Koeman as the club’s new manager.
The report claims that Saints owner Katherine Liebherr has given the all clear to approach the 56-year-old and the former Inter Milan man is said to be confident he will land the job.
Southampton have been on the lookout for a new manager after Ronald Koeman opted to leave St. Mary’s for the vacant Everton post - the Dutchman succeeding the dismissed Roberto Martinez.
A number of names have been linked with becoming Southampton’s new boss, with The Sun naming ex-Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini plus Frenchman Claude Puel as two options.
But it appears the Saints have instead turned to Zenga, an unemployed manager with a long list of ex clubs.
The Italian began his managerial career in the US with MLS side New England Revolution before having spells at Red Star Belgrade, Steaua Bucharest, Catania and Palermo among others.
His latest post was at Al-Shaab in the Middle East, but his stint was brief as he left the club last February.
Southampton are said to be keen on naming a successor to Ronald Koeman quickly, yet Zenga is without doubt a shock choice and his potential arrival could come with a slight element of risk.