The Italian emerged on Sunday as a serious contender to take the reins at Vicarage Road after Xisco Munoz became the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season.
And now the 69-year-old looks set to take charge of a Premier League club for the fourth time in his career, following previous stints in west London with Chelsea and Fulham either side of his historic spell at Leicester.
The expected appointment of Ranieri - who left Sampdoria in May after two years at the helm of the Serie A outfit - would mark a shock comeback to English football for one of the league's most recognisable figures.
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