The West Ham hierarchy have reportedly pinpointed Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe as the man that they want to succeed Sam Allardyce, according to the Daily Mirror.
Howe has guided his side to second place in the Championship, and the exciting football on display has led to many tipping the Cherries to get promoted automatically to the Premier League – ending a journey that started when the 37-year-old took over in 2008 with the club in League Two.
A poor run of form – after an excellent start to the season – has put Big Sam under pressure, and it is widely expected that a new contract will not be forthcoming at Upton Park – with his current deal due to expire in the summer. If he is to leave the Hammers, the former Newcastle manager may well end up at Sunderland, should Dick Advocaat not be given the job on a permanent basis.
The West Ham board had supposedly made David Moyes their main target, however the former Manchester Untied and Everton coach looks set to stay in Spain with Real Sociedad for the foreseeable future.