The Football Association want Arsene Wenger to replace Sam Allardyce as England manager and are set to make an approach for the Frenchman in the coming days, according to the Evening Standard.
Allardyce left his post as Three Lions boss on Wednesday by mutual agreement after just 67 days and one match in charge.
Gareth Southgate has been appointed as caretaker manager for England’s next four games against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain as the FA begin their search for Allardyce’s replacement.
The report claims the FA wanted Wenger to replace Roy Hodgson in June but the Arsenal boss refused to break his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.
However, the FA remain keen on appointing Wenger who has yet to confirm if he plans to remain at Arsenal beyond the end of the season. Indeed the FA could be willing to wait until the summer to appoint Wenger, should he be interested in taking on the role.
Wenger has always honoured his contracts throughout his career and so any move for the 66-year-old will surely have to wait until the end of the season. Arsenal, however, may now be forced to accelerate any plans for a contract extension, particularly if the FA were to make Wenger an offer.
The Arsenal boss has previously admitted he would never rule out managing England, although it seems that his preference would be to remain with the Gunners for at least another season.