West Ham Make Benitez Contact Ahead Of Allardyce’s Exit

Thehe Hammers are set to part ways with the 60-year-old when his contract expires this summer and have identified the Napoli coach as a target to replace him at Upton Park
West Ham have made their first move to lure Napoli coach Rafael Benitez to Upton Park as they continue their search for a new manager.
The Hammers’ owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, are set to part ways with Sam Allardyce this summer when his two-year deal expires, with the hunt for a new boss already under way.
Marcelo Bielsa was previously identified as West Ham’s key target but interest has cooled, with several figures at the club said to be uncomfortable at the prospect of working with a coach who does not speak English.
Instead, the club have contacted intermediaries of Benitez and the Spaniard is believed to be keen to listen to an offer.
Benitez left England in 2013 following a short, turbulent spell at Chelsea but it is understood that he would be open to a return to the Premier League, with his camp even seeking assurances that West Ham will not look elsewhere until his future in Italy is settled. The Hammers were prepared to offer Bielsa close to €35 million to spend in the transfer market and that kitty remains untouched, with the club boosted by their impending move to the Olympic Stadium.
The move will significantly increase West Ham’s spending power and there is a belief that Benitez would be open to the idea of leading the club into their new home.