West Ham United are considering a proposal to replace current under-fire Irons manager Slaven Bilic with Reading boss Jaap Stam, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
The Croatian, who performed admirably for the Hammers last season, coaching them to a seventh place finish in the Premier League, has come under sustained pressure this campaign for the club's abject form. They currently sit 12th in the league.
The West Ham hierarchy are believed to have singled out Reading boss Stam to replace Bilic. The Dutchman has guided the Royals into the Championship playoff places in his first full-time managerial job, after taking over a club that finished 17th last season. He signed a two-year deal in the summer.
With reports that the Hammers have shelved a prospective new contract for Bilic until the summer, if at all, and the suggestion that the East London club would not need to pay a sizeable compensation figure for Stam, there is a strong possibility of a move.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan expressed frustration on the club's website after their miserable 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth two weeks ago before publicly apologising for their home capitulation to Leicester City, by a similar scoreline.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United stalwart Stam, who expressed frustration at ownership issues after Reading's Thai chief's takeover talks with a Chinese group fell through, said:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future which I think is very important for myself and for the club.
“If you want to do something, you need to have a plan for what you eventually want to achieve.“You need to know what you’re going to do with the team, the staff and the structure of the club.”