Ralf Rangnick has emerged as the leading contender to replace Roy Hodgson as manager of West Bromwich Albion.
The former Schalke and Hoffenheim manager has moved ahead of Birmingham City's Chris Hughton in the running to take over the hotseat at the Baggies.
When Albion's long-anticipated approach to Blues finally came they were put off by a fee of more than £2million demanded by the St Andrew's bosses.
And with Claudio Ranieri looking set for a move to AS Monaco and Ray Wilkins ruling himself out of the race, that has left 53-year-old German Rangnick with a clear run.
His odds are now as low as 3-1 with some bookmakers and there are reports that Albion have already offered him the job.
Whether he accepts it or not is a different matter, although comments made by Dietmar Hopp, Rangnick's former employer at Hoffenheim, suggest it is a move that would appeal.
Rangnick last worked in September 2011 when he stepped down from his role with Champions League 2010-11 semi finalists Schalke citing exhaustion.
But Hopp claims Rangnick is be ready to make a comeback and is looking at the English top flight in which to do it.
"His battery is full again," Hopp told Sport Bild. "I think he gets back soon. He favours a job in the Premier League."
If Rangnick does become Albion manager he brings an outstanding pedigree having had two periods in charge at Schalke, the first in 2004 when he led the club to the runners up spot in the German league and cup.
After being sacked the following season he spent four years with Hopp at Hoffenheim where he engineered two promotions and led them to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.
He resigned in January last year but was back in football at Schalke just two months later.
What is clear is that Wilkins will not be the new manager. Wilkins said that Albion had decided not to pursue his candidacy:
"They have decided they are going to give it to someone else," the former Chelsea coach said.
"I had a pleasant chat with the guys [at Albion], nothing heavy but it won't be go any further, we both move forward and I wish them good luck."
And there were also, as yet unconfirmed, reports emanating from France that Ranieri, who has been twice interviewed by Albion, had agreed to become AS Monaco head coach.