Crystal Palace are reviving interest in Steve Cooper after their hunt for a manager took another twist.
The Eagles missed out on former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre having got a deal virtually over the line on Thursday.
And it means Palace chairman Steve Parish is now ready to turn back to Swansea boss Cooper to replace Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.
Palace have already been linked with Cooper, who has a £3million release fee at Swansea.
Relegated Fulham have also been interested in securing him to replace outgoing boss Scott Parker in a summer managerial merry-go-round.
The Championship club baulked at the compensation package but it isn’t believed to be stopping Premier League Palace.
Favre turned down the chance to manage them even though Palace had gone as far as applying for a work permit for the 63-year-old Swiss, who says he wants a longer break from football having been sacked by Dortmund in 2020.
Cooper is in high demand after guiding Swansea to the Championship play-off final last season where they lost to Brentford.
Palace are looking for a new man to usher in a whole new era at Palace next season with a major rebuilding job to replace the 22 players who were released at the end of the last campaign.
Hodgson ended his four-year reign at the club at the end of last season.
He took over in troubled circumstances in 2017 when previous manager Frank De Boer was sacked after failing to win any of his opening four league matches.
Parish will hope to find a successor who can continue Hodgson’s work, and seemingly holds Cooper in high regard.
The former England under-17 boss has guided Swansea to the Championship play-offs in each of his two years in charge.