Sky Sports understands that Bournemouth have identified MK Dons boss Karl Robinson as a leading candidate for their vacant managerial post.
Dons chairman Pete Winkelman maintains that no approach has been made by the Cherries, but Robinson is believed to be in the frame.
Robinson is among the most highly-rated young managers in the Football League, having spent the last two years putting MK Dons in promotion contention in League One.
The 32-year-old has been linked with numerous posts in the recent past, but has remained loyal to the Dons.
Bournemouth, though, have been billed as the Manchester City of the third tier, with wealthy Russian businessman Maxim Demin currently bankrolling the club.
It is understood that the Cherries' budget is four times that of MK Dons, which could convince Robinson that the time is right to take on a new challenge.