Pompey boss Grant top of Hammers' list to replace Zola
Avram Grant has emerged as the leading candidate for the West Ham manager's job as new owners David Gold and David Sullivan look to take the club forwards.
Grant is understood to be top of the Hammers' wanted list to replace Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked last week after the club only just retained their Barclays Premier League status.
The Israeli (55) appears to have called time on his eventful stay at Portsmouth after failing to get assurances over the south coast club's crippled finances.
Grant still has two years left to run on a deal at Fratton Park which may well have been invalidated anyway by non-payment of wages, while Portsmouth look ready to waive any compensation claim.
Confirmation of a formal approach, however, has yet to be forthcoming, but sources suggest the Israeli is set for a three-year deal worth £1.3million.