West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan expects to name their new manager within three weeks.
The Sun says Gianfranco Zola was sacked with no pay-off after a brief meeting with Hammers vice-chair Karren Brady at Upton Park. He was officially dismissed for a serious breach of contract.
Those on their wishlist include Swansea boss Paulo Sousa, Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Leicester chief Nigel Pearson and Cardiff boss Dave Jones.
Sullivan said: "We are looking to find a new manager within three weeks."