SCOTT Parker is being lined up to become Cherries' new boss, according to a report in The Sun.

Fulham manager Parker is understood to have been of interest to Cherries' board for some time.

And with Jonathan Woodgate's short-term contract as head coach set to expire at the end of this month, the club are now assessing their options as to who can take the club forward in the Championship next season.

Woodgate stepped in, initially on an interim basis, in February and guided Cherries into the Championship play-offs.

But the former Middlesbrough boss could not secure promotion, losing 3-2 over two legs against Brentford in the semi-finals.

The Sun report claims Cherries now "plan to change manager" with Parker "in their sights", describing the 40-year-old as "top of the wanted list".

Parker helped Fulham clinch promotion via the play-offs in the 2019-20 season, only to suffer relegation straight back down again from the Premier League.

The report goes on to say Cherries will make a "second attempt" to get Parker, having been unable to prise him away following Eddie Howe's departure last summer.

Speaking on Friday, Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn said the club were in the "closing stages" of a recruitment process to finalise a manager.