Swiss side Basel are believed to be keen on former Swansea City boss Paulo Sousa to replace Murat Yakin as their new head coach. Sousa succeeded Roberto Martinez, who had just left for Wigan Athletic, as Swansea boss in June 2009 and led the Swans to what was then their highest league position in 27 years – finishing seventh in the Championship. The Portuguese left the Liberty Stadium in July 2010 to move to Leicester City, although Sousa was sacked after less than three month in charge following a poor start to the season and now, the two-times Champions League winner is current coaching in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Basel announced that departure of Yakin earlier this month and have been searching for a new coach and, according to, have highlighted Sousa as their desired replacement. Sousa has a year remaining on his contract with the Israeli side, but has a release clause of ˆ400,000 (323,000).