Ralf Rangnick has reportedly agreed to become the new manager of West Bromwich Albion.
The 53-year-old is currently unemployed following his resignation as Schalke 04 boss in September 2011.
However, following the revelation that it would cost £2m to release Hughton from his contract at St Andrews, West Brom chiefs turned their attention to Rangnick.
Reports in Germany now suggest that a deal is in place for Rangnick to become Hodgson's successor.
West Brom are yet to comment on the reports.