• Newcastle manager is their first choice to replace David Moyes
West Ham United are ready to make a formal approach for Rafael Benítez and are giving serious consideration to triggering the £6m release clause in the Newcastle United manager’s contract.
Benítez is the east London club’s first choice to replace David Moyes, with Manuel Pellegrini’s wage demands likely to prove prohibitive, and there is increasing concern at Newcastle that he will move to the London Stadium if he receives a satisfactory offer. Although West Ham have misgivings about how much it will cost in compensation to appoint the Spaniard, who has a year left to run on his contract, there is an increasing belief that he would represent value for money.
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