West Ham 'very close' to appointment after Manuel Pellegrini talks

West Ham 'very close' to appointment after Manuel Pellegrini talks

If reports are to be believed he's now on the cusp of returning to the Premier League with West Ham, who finished their most recent campaign in 13th.

However, Benitez would reportedly prefer to stay at Newcastle - but only if he can get guarantees over his summer transfer budget.

Meanwhile, former Hammer Danny Gabbidon thinks Benitez would see West Ham as an attractive proposition.

However it serves to focus on Benitez's frustration that such a state of affairs has been talked about since final summer time.

With current Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez seemingly on the lips on anyone naming candidates for the gig, a press release which includes quotes from West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has described some handsome characteristics on their next boss.

"Now we've signed a new contract and I'm confident that new successes await us in the future".

'Everything is in place to move forward.

'I might go away and make some cash.

'Then the assembly was essential to persuade me to remain. Mike told me "We have this money, it is available, it's OK", so, fine, we were happy with that'.

Ashley has again pledged to give Benitez "every last penny the club generates" after he guided them to a 10th-placed finish, with the owner insisting he would reject any approach for the manager.

And Newcastle are apparently prepared to give him £50 million to spend on new players.

The Sun: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will commit to the club for one more year amid interest from Chelsea.