Uruguayan being considered for Boleyn Ground role.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham star Gus Poyet is in the frame to replace Sam Allardyce as West Ham boss, reports the Daily Mirror.
Hammers co-chairman David Gold has confirmed that the club will not discuss a new contract with Allardyce until their Premier League safety is confirmed, prompting speculation that the former Bolton boss may not be offered a new deal in the summer.
Brighton manager Poyet is a shock contender for the role, having guided the Seagulls into play-offs contention with a series of attractive displays.
Swindon boss Paulo Di Canio remains a favourite among the Hammers faithful but co-chairmen Gold and David Sullivan want to consider other promising managers from the Championship and Watford’s Gianfranco Zola is also being considered for a shock return to East London.
Gold, who has seen West Ham win one of their last six matches, has stressed that he admires the job Allardyce has done at Upton Park.
“This is purely because the three of us [Allardyce, Gold and co-chairman Sullivan] don’t want anything to distract attention from our aim of finishing as high up the Premier League table as possible,” said Gold.
“Sam did a fantastic job of gaining promotion from the Championship at the first attempt last season and we are all pleased with how quickly he has got the team to adapt to life back in the Premier League.
“We went into Sunday’s game with Aston Villa one place off the top 10 and that is no mean feat for a newly promoted side.”
Allardyce is set for a huge survival bonus if West Ham stay up and it is understood that Gold and the cub’s board are keen to restructure any future deals to make them more incentive based.