Real Betis supremo Manuel Ruiz de Lopera is planning a move for Espanyol sports chief Paco Herrera.

Herrera's work at Espanyol has been credited as being key to their success this season, yet the former Liverpool coach is still to be tied down to a new deal by his club.

Lopera is ready to pounce as he wants Herrera to overhaul his squad after spending £16 million on seven new signings in the summer, with only goalkeeper Ricardo proving a first-choice for coach Hector Cuper this season.