Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra is ready to deliver a huge name as a replacement for Sven Goran Eriksson in the summer.

The Daily Mail says Thaksin has already made contact with the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari after identifying him as the man he wants in charge of City next season.

While Thaksin has also been advised to consider the Dutchman Guus Hiddink - currently in charge of Russia - and even former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, Scolari tops his list of targets.

He is contracted to the Portuguese FA until after the European Championships, so City would have to wait until the Finals finish at the end of June before installing their man. Scolari, 59, has expressed a tentative interest in the job.