West Ham’s quest to land a new manager to succeed David Moyes is underway but the Hammers have encountered some hurdles in their path.
Widespread reports have confirmed West Ham’s interest in Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, who has just one-year remaining on his contract on Tyneside and would cost just £6m in compensation.
However, The Telegraph states the Spaniard’s preference is to remain at St. James’ Park as negotiations on a new deal continue – although there is plenty of issues to resolve.
Benitez is looking for assurances of his transfer budget from Mike Ashley, after becoming frustrated by the lack of backing he’s been given in recent windows, and also wants full control over the club’s transfer policy.
With Newcastle remaining up for sale, that may be difficult for the Magpies owner to guarantee and West Ham will hope that it presents them with a chance to snatch his signature.
Benitez’s willingness to remain with Newcastle is an issue though, as it could mean the Hammers have to change targets once again.