Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Burnley manager Sean Dyche, Football Insider understands.
The south London club are targeting a new manager in the summer to replace Roy Hodgson, 73, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
A Palace source has told Football Insider the club have already made contact with Dyche and spoke to him in January.
Further talks are set to take place at the end of the season as the prospect grows that Dyche’s lengthy Clarets reign may be coming to an end.
He is said to be keen on taking on a new challenge, and the post could be attractive to him despite what is shaping up to be a major rebuild.
Big earners Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke are all out of contract in the summer.
Palace are ready to entice Dyche with a major transfer kitty this summer – a £50million war chest has been reported – and that could prove pivotal.
Burnley will not have the same kind of cash to spend in the next window and they are vulnerable to losing their manager.
Dyche, 49, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022.
That would take him to a remarkable 10 years in charge at Turf Moor, where the former defender has firmly established the Lancashire side as a Premier League club.
His budget is dwarfed by those at nearly every other top-flight side.