St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has emerged as the man Linfield want to succeed David Jeffrey at Windsor Park.
Wright is believed to be top of the Blues’ wish-list following Saturday’s announcement that Jeffrey will stand down at the end of the season.
The bombshell news has prompted mass speculation over who Linfield will target to succeed the highly-decorated boss.
Former Blues players Pat Fenlon and Glenn Ferguson have been linked with the post, along with ex-Northern Ireland strikers David Healy and Warren Feeney.
But former goalkeeper Wright – a boyhood Linfield fan who began his career at Windsor in the 1980s – is believed to be the club’s number one target.
Wright has his admirers among the Linfield hierarchy, but the Blues face an uphill battle to lure the 50-year-old away from the Scottish Premiership.
Wright – who succeeded Northern Ireland compatriot Steve Lomas as Saints boss last summer – has enjoyed an encouraging start to his tenure at McDiarmuid Park.
The former Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery boss also remains under contract which could scupper any return to the Irish League.
“Tommy is highly regarded at Linfield,” a Windsor Park source said. “But we appreciate it may be a long-shot to lure him away from St Johnstone. But he is held in high esteem.”