Primera Liga strugglers Real Mallorca are hoping to persuade former coach Hector Cuper to rejoin the club as a replacement for Benito Floro, who was sacked earlier this week.

“Our idea of getting Cuper to coach Mallorca started the very day he left the club,” Mallorca president Mateu Alemany toldSpanish sports daily Marca on Friday.

“I don’t want to get people’s hopes up because it is going to be extremely difficult to achieve but he has a real soft spot for Mallorca.”

Cuper’s agent Alejandro Camano believed a return was on the cards for the Argentinian.

“Mallorca is the first club we have talked to,” he said.

“He likes the idea of returning to Mallorca but he has five offers and I have to listen to all of them.”

Cuper coached Inter between 2001 and 2003, was in charge of the Spanish side between 1997 and 1999. He moved to Valencia in 1999 following the departure of Claudio Ranieri and led the team to two successive Champions League finals.