Vincenzo Montella is now being paired with the Fiorentina job after links with former club Roma cooled.
The Catania boss was the favourite to succeed Luis Enrique in the Italian capital, but it now seems that Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman will take the job.
That has thus allowed the Viola to step in with an offer for the former Empoli, Sampdoria and Roma hitman.
The Tuscan club are looking for a new Coach after they dismissed Delio Rossi with just two games of the season remaining.
Reports today suggest that new Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade is already working to get Montella signed to the Stadio Franchi outfit.
Should he move to the Tuscan city, it is being claimed that he could ask playmaker Francesco Lodi to follow him from Sicily.
Lodi yesterday insisted that he would remain with the Elefanti following his sensational campaign at the Stadio Massimino.