Kaizer Chiefs are reportedly in talks with a number of candidates to take up the vacant head coach role at the club.

Amakhosi dispensed with interim boss Cavin Johnson following the completion of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership season after finishing in 10th place on the league standings.

A number of names have been linked to the Soweto giants, including Pitso Mosimane, Benni McCarthy, Jose Peseiro, Rui Vitoria, Raul Caneda, Alexandre Santos, and Nasreddine Nabi.

Portuguese coach Santos appeared as the frontrunner having recently left his post as head coach of Angola’s Petro Luanda.

Chiefs have contacted him, but he has yet to be offered a deal.

Santos told Soccer Laduma: “They [Kaizer Chiefs] talked with me, but we don’t have any deal.”

Nabi, though, who is in charge of Moroccan side AS FAR, has also emerged as a top candidate, having previously been approached by Chiefs prior to their appointment of Molefi Ntseki.

According to SABC Sport: “Nabi is instead head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates, with the previous stumbling block that prevented the Tunisian from joining Chiefs no longer in the way.

“Amakhosi are respectfully waiting for the Botola Pro League to conclude before finalising a deal that will see Nabi become their new head coach.”

Chiefs previously considered Nabi, but they opted against his appointment after the coach insisted on bringing his own backroom staff with him.