Alejandro Saballa
Sabella took Argentina to the World Cup final only to lose to GermanyGetty Images/Matthias Hangst

Former Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella has become a surprise contender for the vacant manager's position at Leeds United after admitting he is intrigued by the possibility of managing at Elland Road.

Sabella guided his homeland to the 2014 World Cup final where they were beaten by Germany, but is yet to find a new job following his resignation in the summer.

The 59-year-old spent just one year playing for Leeds from 1980-1981 following a spell at Sheffield United, and admits he would be interested by an offer to return to West Yorkshire.

"The Leeds situation is intriguing, and I feel I have unfinished business with that club," he reportedly told Argentine media.

Former West Bromwich Albion coach, Steve Clarke, and ex-Leeds strikers, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler, are among the contenders for the role following David Hockaday's sacking in August.

Academy coach Neil Redfearn is temporarily in charge, but despite being unbeaten in his two matches at the helm, has already been informed by owner Massimo Cellino that he will remain at youth level.

Cellino has already revealed to being inundated with applications for the position at Leeds and his latest comments indicate he will chose a manager from overseas to lead the club's new era.

"I'm thinking about a foreign coach, an international coach who I can work with," he said.

"We need to meet and talk but I think he could be good for us. It needs to be the right man, but I want Neil (Redfearn) to be involved with the first team in some way. He knows the young players, the players like him and they respect him. I respect him.

"The academy is his responsibility but I want it to be a team of coaches. He's shown that he knows what he's doing but I can't take him away from the academy completely."