There are growing reports that Sampdoria have agreed a deal with current Under-21 Italy Coach Ciro Ferrara.
The Blucerchiati are looking for a new tactician after their promotion via the Serie B play-offs, as they consider Beppe Iachini to be not a big enough name for their plans.
Rafa Benitez turned down the proposal this week, while candidate Didier Deschamps looks set to replace Laurent Blanc as the manager of France.
It is now reported that Ferrara only needs to put pen to paper on a contract to take over at Sampdoria.
According to Secolo XIX newspaper and the Corriere dello Sport, Ferrara is prepared to terminate the contract that ties him to the Italian Federation until June 2013.
Meanwhile, Sampdoria have officially appointed new director general Rinaldo Sagramola.
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