Sportitalia is reporting Udinese are edging towards giving caretaker coach Luca Gotti the job on a permanent basis.
Gotti has been in charge of the Zebrette for the last two games since the sacking of Igor Tudor.
He won his opening match, a 3-1 victory over Genoa, and followed it up with a 0-0 draw at Napoli.
As per Sportitalia, the alternatives for the job - among them Walter Zenga, Massimo Carrera, Davide Ballardini and Moreno Longo - no longer convince Udinese's owners.
Instead, the idea would be to keep Gotti until the end of the season and possibly hire another coach once a better option becomes available.
The 53-year-old was previously CT of Italy's Under-17 team and was on Maurizio Sarri's coaching staff at Chelsea last term.
Although Gotti has said that he doesn't want the job on a full-time basis, he may be convinced to take it until May.
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