By Alex Stevens

The potential Nottingham Forest new owners have drawn up a manager shortlist to replace Philippe Montanier, according to a report.

The Sun claim the American consortium led by John Moores have come up with potential replacements including ex-Watford boss Gianfranco Zola and a plan to approach Burnley boss Sean Dyche has even been mentioned.

It is said that Montanier will be replaced when the takeover is complete but there cannot be a change during the current exclusivity period.

The Sun report that the takeover by Moores, the former owner of the Major League Baseball franchise San Diego Padres, is taking longer than expected.

It has been widely reported that Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi is in advanced talks to sell the club.

Montanier is the seventh permanent manager in the Hasawi era but his position has been weakened only four months into the job and his close ally, the director of football, Pedro Pereira, resigned last month.

Forest are currently 20th in the Championship after taking just 16 points from their 16 matches this season.

During Hasawi’s four-year ownership, the average attendance has plummeted, the league position has steadily got worse every season and the club have had to deal with a series of winding-up orders in the high court, a transfer embargo for breaching financial fair-play regulations and starting the season with a reduced capacity because the ground did not have a safety-certificate holder.

Moores, 72, has previously tried to initiate deals with Everton and Swansea City but talks with Forest are at an advanced stage and the relevant people have been regular visitors to the City Ground in recent weeks.

In other Nottingham Forest news, a former Premier League goalkeeper has been targeted by the club.