Guus Hiddink is being lined up to replace Avram Grant at Chelsea, it has been revealed.

The News of the World says the Dutchman, whose contract as Russia chief expires at the end of Euro 2008, is in pole position to succeed under-fire Avram Grant.

Although there is an option for him to extend his Russian contract by two years until the 2010 World Cup finals, his future is firmly under the control of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

A source in Holland declared: "Guus Hiddink's future as Russia coach is in doubt.

"Abramovich has put the block on his contract extension and those close to Guus reckon that will pave the way for him to take over at Chelsea."