CHRIS WILDER will reportedly hold talks over becoming West Brom's new boss.
The Baggies are on the lookout for a manager after Sam Allardyce rejected an offer to plot their promotion bid out of the Championship.
Having only won four of his 25 games in charge, the 66-year-old has called for the club to find a 'long-term' solution in the dugout.
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton and ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard have been linked.
But Wilder is the frontrunner after the Telegraph reported on upcoming negotiations between the club and coach.
West Brom are said to be keen on a free agent with their summer transfer budget already set.
The 53-year-old left Sheffield United in March despite leading the Blades to two promotions and a mid-table finish in last season's Premier League.
The Yorkshire club will fight the Baggies for a way out of the Championship next season after the pair were relegated.
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West Brom had hoped to keep Allardyce but he confirmed his departure after the 3-1 defeat to West Ham in midweek.
He said: “West Brom made me a generous offer to stay [but] after serious consideration I have decided not to accept it.
“If I were to stay and achieve promotion next season the expectation would be for me to continue for at least another season and, sadly, that is not a commitment I feel able to make at this stage of my career. I’m not long-term and they want long-term.
"I think it needs someone to take the club by the scruff of the neck and take them up.”
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