Sheffield Wednesday will have to fork out a six-figure compensation fee to prize Mark Cooper away from Swindon Town, The Star understands.
Although the Owls have still yet to make a formal approach for the Robins boss, there has been dialogue between the two parties this week.
It is understood the Championship club initially sounded Cooper out about becoming Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant, but, according to sources in Wiltshire, the Yorkshireman is not interested in such a position.
Now, in a fresh twist, the Owls are thought to be considering restructuring their management team in an attempt to persuade Cooper to move to Hillsborough. It is believed they are exploring the option of bringing Cooper in as their new head coach and appointing Carvalhal as general manager.
Sources close to Cooper, who led Swindon, despite limited resources, to the League One Play-Off final last year, say he would be interested in a head coach role. He has one year left remaining on his contract at the Country Ground, with the Robins likely to demand a six-figure sum, believed to be in the region of £150,000, if the Owls make a move for his services. Discussions are set to drag on into next week.
Should Wednesday be successful in their pursuit of Cooper, the former Peterborough chief will work closely with Carvalhal, who travelled to Sheffield yesterday to meet representatives of Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri, having already agreed personal terms with the club. The Portuguese has been out of management since 2012.
When Wednesday fly out to Portugal for their five-day pre-season training camp next month, they will take on Braga, one of Carvalhal’s old clubs, in a warm-up match.