The 36-year-old had a long conversation with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and is now poised to accept the role.
Rangers have a vacancy in the role after Mark Allen resigned for “family reasons” and in order to “explore other options”.
The Glasgow club admitted the decision by Allen to leave was a blow to the club, especially after the former head of Manchester City’s academy had just helped conduct an overhaul of Rangers’ squad during the summer.
During the last window Rangers added nine new players, while also showing the exit to six first-team squad members.
The people at Rangers, there was contact of course we had some discussions, they were fantastic
The club also managed to secure a marquee signing when bought former loanee Ryan Kent from Liverpool for £7million on transfer deadline day.
However, following Allen’s departure, the Teddy Bears have now turned their attention back to Wilson.
The Scot was approached to fill the role two years ago but he turned down the opportunity to swap St. Mary’s for Ibrox, insisting the time wasn’t right.
It is understood the former Huddersfield and Watford recruitment chief has been seeking guarantees about the club’s current financial health before committing to filling the vacancy.
Wilson began his career with Falkirk and is keen on a return to Scottish football, although he has yet to make a decision, with talks expected to continue over the weekend.
Despite rejecting the opportunity to take on the role in the past, he admitted at the time he was optimistic about Rangers’ plans for the future.
“The people at Rangers, there was contact of course we had some discussions, they were fantastic,” Wilson said two-years ago.
“I had great conversations with Andrew Dickson, Stewart Robertson, Graeme Park, Dave King – the conversations were all really, really good.
“Ultimately everything they said was hugely ambitious, great plans for what they’re trying to do at the club.
“But ultimately it was just wasn’t the right time for me to leave England and come back to Scotland and definitely not leave Southampton at the moment in time.”
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