Hammers consider Mancini

Hammers consider Mancini

West Ham have reportedly sounded out ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini about becoming their new manager should they sack Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers poor start to the season has lead to speculation that the club could part company with Bilic, who is the favourite with several bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack.

While West Ham are prepared to give the Croat time to turn West Ham's campaign around, reports in Italy claim co-owner David Gold and David Sullivan have already identified the man they want in the London Stadium dug out next.

Mancini is said to be the Hammers' No.1 target to succeed Bilic should he depart and are hoping to speak to the 51-year-old while he is in London.

The Italian has plenty of Premier League experience having spent four years at Manchester City, guiding them to the title in 2012 and the FA Cup in 2011.

Mancini, who is out of work after being sacked by Inter Milan earlier this year, has recently been linked with the vacant England manager's job after being spotted at Wembley to watch the Three Lions at the weekend.