Ralf Rangnick has been installed as the new favourite to land the Everton manager's job after the club opted to move on from former target Marco Silva.
The Toffees have decided to end their interest in the Watford boss - much to the relief of Hornets fans - after being rebuffed twice in their advances for his services.
The Daily Express has now claimed that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has turned his attentions to RB Leipzig's sporting director as he looks for a permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked five weeks ago.
Rangnick has not held a permanent first-team managerial position since he left Schalke in 2011, but was surprisingly touted as a potential new Blues boss in the summer of 2016 before Koeman took over from the sacked Roberto Martinez.
The 59-year-old is well respected in his German homeland and has helped Leipzig to put together a first-team squad that can compete with the biggest clubs in the Bundesliga.
It is unclear whether Rangick would be open to working abroad or leaving his current post, but Moshiri is said to be a huge admirer of his work and views the former Hoffenheim gaffer as the man who could lead Everton's revival.
Rangnick traded Austrian football with RB Salzburg for Leipzig in the summer of 2015, but his appointment as Everton manager would be a risk given his time out of the game as a head coach.
The ex-Hannover and Stuttgart manager has also never managed outside of Germany and it would be up for debate whether he could settle in the north west of England as a result.
Now a month since Ronald Koeman's sacking and Everton still seemingly no closer finding a new manager. The search is starting to resemble a shambles reflecting very badly on Moshiri & Kenwright.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) November 20, 2017
Everton's search for a new boss has moved at a glacial speed thus far and Blues fans have grown increasinly impatient on the time taken to appoint Koeman's replacement.
Interim boss David Unsworth will oversee his sixth match in charge when Atalanta visit Goodison Park on Thursday, and has made no secret of his desire to secure the top job in L4.
Sam Allardyce, Diego Simeone and Espirito Santo have all ruled themselves out of the race for the position, while another supposed top target in Sean Dyche has not been made an offer to take up the reins.