There are reports Sinisa Mihajlovic has agreed to become the new Sampdoria Coach, but must first break away from the Serbia side.
The former Catania and Fiorentina tactician had been the hot favourite ever since Delio Rossi was sacked on Monday evening.
The only problem is he is still under contract with the Serbian Federation until June 2014, although failure to qualify for the World Cup could well see him released early.
According to both Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset, Mihajlovic met with Samp officials today and agreed personal terms to take over.
It would be a contract until the end of the season with option to renew if the team avoids relegation.
The final step will be tomorrow, as Mihajlovic is due to meet with the Serbian Federation.
If he cannot get free from that position quickly, then the Blucerchiati would instead turn to Edy Reja.
This would be a return to Sampdoria, where Mihajlovic played 110 games and scored 12 goals from 1994 to 1998.