Southampton have tabled a contract offer to Mark Hughes that will last until the end of the season.

Hughes is the clear front-runner in Saints’ pursuit of a new manager and it has been revealed by Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph that the offer on the table for the Welshman is a short-term one, which will keep him in the job until the end of the season.

It’s stated that the Saints board are still considering their options with regards to a permanent replacement for Mauricio Pellegrino and will aim to bring Hughes in on an interim basis.

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Hughes was sacked by Stoke earlier on in the season and is understood to be keen on getting back into Premier League management, with Saints now hot on the ex-Manchester City boss’ trail.

The report states that Saints’ board were deep in negotiations with Hughes throughout Tuesday as they aim to quickly tie up a deal to appoint him as the club’s new manager for the time being.

It remains a possibility that Hughes could be appointed as the club’s boss on a longer contract should he impress in the few months he is at St Mary’s. However, the board are keeping their options open ahead of what promises to be one of the most pivotal summers in the club’s recent history.