Patrick Vieira is set to hold talks with Newcastle United over the vacant manager's position, reports The Sun.
Vieira has been in charge of Manchester City's elite development squad for the last two years and has been widely tipped to move into professional football management in the near future.
Now he has emerged as the favourite to take over from John Carver at St James' Park ahead of next season.
He will hold talks with Newcastle officials early next week and it is understood Vieira is keen to take up a role in full time management.
Newcastle are also happy to take a chance on the former Arsenal captain despite his lack of experience.
Steve McClaren remains on their shortlist but Vieira will get the chance to impress Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley before anyone else is approached.
Vieira had been tipped as a potential successor to Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium if City owners decided to sack the Chilean.
He has also been tipped to return to Arsenal as manager when Arsene Wenger decides to retire. His first foray into management, should it come to fruition, will certainly be watched closely by Emirates officials.
The 38-year-old captained Arsenal during the club's most successful spell, including the 2003/04 Invincibles season.
Alongside Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell, he is considered one of the most important parts of that title winning squad.
Should he be appointed manager at Newcastle, he will return to Arsenal next season to go up against his old manager Wenger.