Former Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is on the verge of taking over at Sampdoria following the recent sacking of Walter Zenga, according to reports.
Sampdoria sacked Zenga earlier this week after a 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina on Sunday dropped them to 10th place in Serie A, 11 points behind leaders Fiorentina.
Montella, a former star of Roma when the Giallorossi won the second of their two league titles, in 2001, became an immediate target for Sampdoria's flamboyant film producer president Massimo Ferrero.
Talks between the clubs initially stalled because Montella, who left Fiorentina under a cloud towards the end of last season following a disagreement with the club's president and billionaire businessman Andrea Della Valle, still has a contract with the Florence-based club.
However a report in Gazzetta dello Sport's website claims a deal that will see Montella take over at Sampdoria's shared Luigi Ferraris stadium for the next 18 months has been completed and is just awaiting confirmation.
The report quoted a Twitter post by Enrico Mantovani, the son of ex-Sampdoria president Paolo Mantovani, as saying: "Vincenzo ! We couldn't have got anyone better."