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Gianfranco Zola linked with Melbourne Victory post, but Lazio also said to be interested

Gianfranco Zola linked with Melbourne Victory post, but Lazio also said to be interested

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The former Chelsea striker is said to be on his way to Melbourne to discuss the Victory post, though there is also speculation in Italy he could be in Lazio's sights

There are conflicting reports that Melbourne Victory are reportedly set to meet with Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola over the club's vacant coaching position.

Speculation the former West Ham coach had firmed as favourite for the role arose on Sunday, with Fox Sports claiming Zola was flying to Australia and that the Italian's daughter had been living in Melbourne with a Victory director.

Zola had previously been linked with the position at Victory's A-League rivals Sydney FC, but the speculation was soon hosed down by his Australian representative, Buddy Farah.

"It's not true," Farah told Four Four Two Australia. "He's in Europe and I can tell you he's fielding offers from some very big European clubs.

"Besides, do you think Gianfranco Zola would come to meet the Victory board? They'd be going to meet him."

Indeed, if their interest is genuine, Victory may face competition for Zola.  Corriere dello Sport in his homeland reporting Serie A club Lazio was ready to part company with head coach Edy Reja at the end of the season and Zola, 45, had been lined up as a replacement.

The race for the Victory job was split wide open earlier in the day, when the club announced Jim Magilton, who had led the club in an interim basis since January, had decided to return back to the United Kingdom.

A three-year deal for Magilton had reportedly been retracted, after the club decided to widen the field of candidates.

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