Reports in Italy claim David Gold and David Sullivan have identified former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the man to replace Slaven Bilic, should they decide to part ways with the Croat.

The report from Calciomercato is supposedly in London right now after supposedly being invited to Wembley by the FA to watch England’s win over Malta on Saturday, but West Ham are hopeful they can beat England to his signature.

It’s a surprise to see Bilic’s position under so much pressure just seven games in to the new Premier League season.

Despite winning just one game in the league so far, a number of factors have contributed to what has been a disappointing start, not least several long-term injuries to key players.

Roberto Mancini
Mancini with the Premier League trophy in 2012

And then if you factor in the new stadium and the issues that have come with it, it’s little wonder Bilic’s men have struggled so far in 16/17.

However, Calciomercato claims the club are eyeing Mancini has the man to replace Bilic should he fail to improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch over the next few weeks.

Mancini famously won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011/2012, as well as lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield.

Since then he has managed Galatasaray and Inter Milan. The Italian has won a total of four league titles and seven domestic cups during his managerial career.

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