Baxter has been linked to the job since negotiations with Carlos Queiroz and Herve Renard broke down two weeks ago.

And now South Africa’s football chiefs are looking to the Scotsman to lead Bafana to the World Cup next year.

His club SuperSport United confirmed the approach in a statement last night.

It reads: "SuperSport United FC has given permission to The South African Football Association (Safa) to engage their Head Coach Stuart Baxter with a view to him becoming the Head Coach of Bafana Bafana.

“If negotiations between Safa and Mr Baxter are successful, and SuperSport United and Safa agree on an early termination of Mr Baxter's current contract, such appointment would only be effective at the end of the current PSL season, officially commencing 1 July 2017."