Peter Kenyon is being linked with a Premier League return at Newcastle United.
The Sun says the former Manchester United and Chelsea supremo is a leading candidate to run the club off the field.
The new Toon owners want expertise and have already teed up Dan Ashworth for a top role.
But Kenyon is seen as ideal for CEO because of his organisational skills and to drive commercial expansion.
Kenyon has advised clubs since leaving Chelsea but this would be his first big post for some time.
The Toon have been trying to reshape their off-the-field team.
Nick Hammond has worked in a key role in deals since Lee Charnley left.
Kenyon oversaw transfers at both United and Chelsea.