Southampton could be on collision course with Crystal Palace over Mauricio Pellegrino.
The Argentinian is one of the managers on the Saints‘ radar following their sacking of Claude Puel on Wednesday night. But he has already held talks with Palace, setting up a potential tug-of-war between the managerless Premier League rivals.
Former Liverpool defender and later No2 Pellegrino is out of work after leaving Copa del Rey finalists Alaves, who he also led to ninth place in La Liga in what was their first top-flight season for a decade.
The fact appointing him wouldn’t require any compensation also makes him appeal to Southampton who have been assessing the credentials of a number of unattached managers.
Former Ajax and Inter Milan chief Frank de Boer, who was considered before Puel was appointed last summer is also in the frame .
However, Thomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the running to take over at St Mary’s.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss was installed as the favourite following Puel’s dismissal but wants a return to football with a Champions League club.
Palace are weighing up whether to stick with a traditional British manager or go for a continental approach and appointment with their next manager.
Chairman Steve Parish held talks in with the club’s American investors last week to discuss which way to go after parting with Sam Allardyce last month.
While Pellegrino is in pole position if Palace go foreign, Burnley’s Sean Dyche is understood to be the preferred candidate it they look for an appointment more in the mould of Allardyce.