David Moyes has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace under pressure West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini is believed to have saved his job with Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Southampton.
However, the club are still considering bringing in a new man on a short-term contract until the end of the season.
The Independent are reporting that the Hammers were prepared to make a formal approach for Moyes had Pellegrini’s team suffered defeat at St Mary’s.
Sebastian Haller’s winner ended a poor run of form for the London club, who sit 15th in the Premier League.
The club’s chiefs do hope Pellegrini can turn things around but there will need to be a dramatic improvement with the team currently just four points above the relegation zone.
It would be the second time that Moyes has stepped in to manage the club on a short-term basis, the Scot having done so in the 2017-18 season.
He replaced Slaven Bilic on that occasion and guided West Ham to safety with two games to spare.
Moyes, who has been out of work since being replaced by Pellegrini, has also been linked with the Everton job but Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be their first-choice target.