West Ham 'move' for Newcastle's Rafa Benitez

West Ham United are lining up a move for Newcastle United's Rafa Benitez, according to reports.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 11:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 11:21 pm
Rafa Benitez (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

David Moyes today parted company with the Premier League club.

And Newcastle United manager Benitez – who came close to taking over at West Ham before joining Real Madrid in 2015 – is reportedly high on co-owner David Sullivan's shortlist.

Sullivan said: "We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days."

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Sky Sports claim that West Ham are "planning on making a move" for Benitez, whose representatives are in talks over a new deal at St James's Park.

The 58-year-old will not commit his future to Newcastle unless he is satisfied that he will get the financial backing he feels he needs to take the club forward.

Benitez – who guided Newcastle to a 10th-placed finish and has a year left on his contract – is understood to have a £6million release clause in his deal.