Mainz manager Bo Svensson is a contender for the vacant Brighton job, talkSPORT understands.
The 43-year-old Dane is in the running to replace Graham Potter, who left the Seagulls for Chelsea on September 8.
The south coast club have also held talks with Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi who left Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this year, a move he earned after impressing in Serie A with Sassuolo.
Much like De Zerbi, Svensson also comes with a big reputation, having taken over a Mainz side that were bottom of the Bundesliga table in January 2021.
The former defender ended up guiding the side to safety with a 12th-placed league finish, and followed that up by improving to eighth last season.
Svensson now has them sixth in the current campaign, having picked up impressive wins over Champions League challengers Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach.
He also has come from one of the best coaching schools in Germany, having played under both Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel as a player at Mainz.
The former Denmark international played for the Rhineland side for seven years before retiring in 2014, later coaching Austrian side Liefering before returning to Mainz as head coach.
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Brighton are currently without a manager following Potter’s swift departure, and were expected to have midfielder Adam Lallana as player/manager for their next game.
However, their derby with Crystal Palace has been postponed, meaning the Seagull’s next fixture will be on October 1 against Liverpool, giving Tony Bloom’s side to hire a new coach in time.