Leeds United have approached Claudio Ranieri over the vacant managerial role
Leeds United are searching for a new manager after Garry Monk sensationally quit the club yesterday.
New owner Andrea Radrizzani only took charge of the club this week but is now tasked with finding a new boss before the start of preseason.
And Leicester title winner Ranieri is in Radrizzani's sights.
That is according to the Daily Star, who claim the Italian businessman is confident Ranieri will agree to the deal.
Ranieri has been out of work since being sacked by Leicester in February.
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He guided the Foxes to an unlikely Premier League title next season and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League this term.
The Italian, 65, has previously managed Chelsea in England but has never taken over a club in the Championship.
Leeds are facing an uncertain summer following Monk's surprise departure.
Radrizzani is now in full control at Elland Road and Leeds fans will expect the new owner to invest in the squad.
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Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester last season
Ranieri's Leicester side qualified for the Champions League following last season's heroics
Leicester sacked Ranieri in February
There are reports Chris Wood could be sold to a Premier League side for £15million, while Charlie Taylor is set to jump ship once his contract expires.
Monk was handed funds to spend last summer – although former owner Massimo Cellino first cashed in on Lewis Cook's £7m sale to Bournemouth before Monk entered the market.
The report claims Radrizzani will be willing to back Ranieri with significant funds this summer in order to push Leeds towards promotion.
Garry Monk yesterday confirmed he has left Leeds United
Leeds United finished seventh in the Championship this season
The West Yorkshire club finished seventh last season, missing out on a playoff place after a dramatic dip in form late on in the campaign.
Leeds United have only once reached the Championship playoffs since their Premier League relegation in 2004.
As for Monk, the former Swansea boss has been tipped for the Crystal Palace job, while Sunderland are also seeking a new manager following David Moyes' departure.