sport news West Ham line up Julian Nagelsmann to replace Slaven Bilic

West Ham are considering an ambitious move for Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Slaven Bilic.

Nagelsmann, 30, is seen as one of the hottest young coaching talents around after leading Hoffenheim into Germany's top four last season, having taken over as the youngest manager in Bundesliga history.

He was tipped as a potential successor to Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich last month but West Ham have eyed him as a potential big-name appointment, with former manager also on their list. 

West Ham have lined up Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann as an option to replace Slaven Bilic

West Ham have lined up Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann as an option to replace Slaven Bilic

Nagelsmann has impressed since becoming the youngest boss in Bundesliga history in 2016

Nagelsmann has impressed since becoming the youngest boss in Bundesliga history in 2016

The Hammers are already tentatively considering their options with Bilic two games away from potentially losing his job and his contract almost certain not to be renewed at the end of the season.

The Croatian coach has been given Wednesday's Carabao Cup trip to Tottenham and Saturday's Premier League game at Crystal Palace to prove his worth after a worrying downturn at the London Stadium.

Club captain Mark Noble led crisis talks among the players on Monday following Friday night's 3-0 home defeat by Brighton that has only goal difference keeping West Ham out of the relegation zone.

Nagelsmann, though, would be unlikely to leave Hoffenheim mid-season – a point Bayern considered in handing the reigns to former boss Jupp Heynckes

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