West Brom move step closer in appointing Ranieri

West Brom are a step closer to replacing outgoing manager Roy Hodgson, as a second round of talks with Claudio Ranieri is thought to have been positive, according to The Telegraph.

The eccentric coach has been out of work since he was sacked in March by Inter Milan, but the Baggies board are eager to bring the former Chelsea boss back to England.

Ranieri had initially met with the Hawthorns club a fortnight ago, but was again in the United Kingdom on Thursday to meet with the Premier League club.

If Ranieri was named as West Brom boss it would be a major capture for the Midlands club, with the fans hoping big-name signings would follow in the wake of their reputed manager.

The Baggies are believed to also be interested in Birmingham boss Chris Hughton, however the St Andrews club will be very reluctant to part with their young trainer, and as such Ranieri looks like the frontrunner for the role.

By Gareth McKnight