Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant could take the reins of Bolton Wanderers next season should they secure their Premier League status against Stoke City on Sunday.
The Israeli coach took over at Partizan Belgrade this winter and has led the club to a fifth consecutive Serbian Superliga title last week. He has since been approached by Bolton to succeed Owen Coyle at the helm of next season, Serbian newspaper Blic reports.
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Grant is said to have predicated his signature to Bolton securing a stay in the Premier League. With 35 points after 37 games, the Trotters are still in the relegation zone ahead of their clash with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium this weekend. Bolton need a victory and a Queens Park Rangers defeat at Manchester City to remain in the Premier League.
"Grant has told us and Israeli newspapers of his desire to go back to English football," an Israeli source close to the manager said to Serbian newspaper Blic on Wednesday.
"He told us he has been approached by Blackburn and Bolton, but that his wish was to manage a Premier League side. As Rovers have officially been relegated, only Bolton remain, although their own fate is still uncertain."
Grant has managed three Premier League clubs since 2007, leading Chelsea to the Champions' League final against Manchester United before accompanying Portsmouth into administration in 2010, and failing to win a relegation battle with West Ham in 2011.
Partizan are said to have already opened negotiations with Vladimir Vermezovic, who coached the Belgrade side in 2004-2005 before moving to South Africa where he took the helm at Kaizer Chiefs until April 2012.