Former Everton assistant Luis Boa Morte is understood to be keen on the vacant St Johnstone manager's role.

The Portuguese coach most recently worked alongside Marco Silva at Goodison Park before the pair were axed after 18 months in the dugout.

Ex-Arsenal and Fulham star Boa Morte, 42, has previously expressed a desire to work as a number one in Scotland and Herald and Times Sport understands his representatives are preparing an approach to the Saints board.

Boa Morte has also previously coached for a spell at Fulham and enjoyed time in his native country at Portimonense U23s.

It comes after long-term manager Tommy Wright left the job at McDiarmid Park late last week. The Northern Irishman is considered the club's best ever manager due to his Scottish Cup win and consistent top six finishes in the Premiership.

The favourite to replace him is his previous assistant Callum Davidson, while others on the bookies' shortlist include Steve Lomas, Inverness boss John Robertson and current caretaker Alec Cleland.