Brighton and Hove Albion are ready to make an official approach for Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, according to Football Insider.
Brighton are searching for a new boss after sacking Chris Hughton following the final game of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Swansea City’s Graham Potter is their first choice, but they have grown frustrated in their attempts to recruit him.
As the BBC reports, Swansea have refused the Seagulls permission to talk to Potter. They have now begun talks with the 43-year-old to convince him to stay at the Liberty Stadium.
While the Swans appreciate Potter is likely to be tempted by a job in the top flight, they’re hoping he is committed to the project in South Wales.
Which is why Brighton have turned their attention to Wilder. They want to talk to two or three candidates about succeeding Hughton.
Wilder is very well regarded at the Amex Stadium following three successful years with the Blades. During his time at Bramall Lane the club has been promoted twice.
Would Wilder leave?
It would seem an odd decision for the 51-year-old to leave a club he has just got promoted to join another in the same division. However, there is some precedence.
When the Blades appointed Wilder in 2016 he had just got Northampton Town into League One. At the time United were in their sixth season in that league.
That said, there are some key differences. Wilder was clearly making a step up there, joining a club who had ambitions far beyond the third tier of English football. Northampton, meanwhile, were promoted against the odds and have since dropped back down into League Two.
Also, Wilder was joining the club whom he had supported as a child and who he later played for. His connections with Bramall Lane are strong.
In truth, both the Blades and Brighton are likely to be among the relegation favourites next term. Surely Wilder would rather lead his beloved side in the Premier League?