Sport West Ham set to approach Benitez

14:26  17 may  2018
14:26  17 may  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Newcastle ready to break club transfer record this summer

  Newcastle ready to break club transfer record this summer Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says he is ready to break the club’s transfer record as he pursues a 15 goal per-season forward. The Independent report that Benitez was forced to spend little when he was looking for a striker last summer, with the club eventually paying just £5million for Stoke frontman Joselu. He said: “If you want to bring a striker with a guarantee of more than 10-15 goals per season, you have to pay money for him for sure.” The Spaniard is currently in talks with the club to extend his stay at St James’ Park as he prepares to enter the final year of his existing contract. Assurances over what he will be given to spend and his freedom to do so are a key part of the ongoing discussions. Benitez has insisted that he has no problem working to a budget and would only break the club record if its necessary. “I was always concerned and taking care of the numbers. I was learning in England to work with a business plan, you have to have a realistic business plan and then if you know that, you have to work on that. Does that mean you have to break the record? If it is necessary, you can do it. But if it’s not necessary, it’s just to be sure you have the funds to compete.

West Ham United have reportedly made a formal approach to current Napoli manager Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard is set to join the Premier League club should his potential move to Real Madrid fall through, via Ben Smith on Twitter.

Rafael Benitez has snubbed interest from West Ham and is set to become the new boss of Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy. The Spaniard's current deal with Napoli expires at the end of the season and, after refusing to pen an extension, he is on the lookout for a new club.

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Rafa Benitez has been named the top target to fill West Ham’s vacant manager role.

David Moyes left the Hammers as his short-term deal was not renewed and now they continue their look for a new boss.

The Spaniard has done a terrific job at Newcastle this season in their return to the top flight so it is no wonder the ex-Liverpool boss is in high demand.

According to The Mirror, Benitez is the first choice due to his good relationship with the club as he nearly took on the Hammers job back in 2015, until he decided to take over at Real Madrid instead.

West Ham are set to allow their new boss to use a big amount of money for transfers this summer, a decision that could sway Benitez towards the London Stadium as Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley is set to give him limited funds once again.

If their pursue on Benitez doesn’t work out then they will head back to their target list which has Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini and Paulo Fonseca.

Newcastle boss ensures his relationship with Mike Ashley isn't as bad as it seems .
Rafa Benitez has said that his relationship with Mike Ashley isn’t as bad as people think. Benitez has voiced his frustration with the lack of backing he receives in the transfer market but has ensured that does not mean that himself and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley have a bad relationship. Benitez looks set to put the rumours of him leaving the club to bed by signing a new contract in the coming weeks. Speaking to talkSPORT, Benitez explained his situation at the club: “My relationship with the owners normally isn’t as bad as people maybe think it is, because I am fighting for the best for my club. I’m not fighting for what’s best for Rafa Benitez.” “Normally I never have a problem with my contract because it’s more or less; it’s just I want to improve the facilities, I want to improve the academy, I want to bring [in] better players and be more competitive like that.” “The fans appreciate that; it’s been the same in Napoli, Liverpool, here, Valencia – they appreciate that.” Mike Ashley has attempted to sell the club three times since taking over as owner in 2007 but is yet to do so.

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