Rumours: West Ham eye Newcastle's Rafa Benitez and Shakhtar's Fonseca

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2018

As things stand, Newcastle have not had any contact with West Ham asking for permission to speak to Benitez, who has a year left on his contract.

Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca has rejected the chance to join West Ham United in favour of signing a new two-year contract with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.

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"And what do we see?"

Back in 2013/14 the then Man City boss became the first South American manager to lift the Premier League trophy, and bagged the League Cup in the same campaign, which he'd go on to win again two years later, before making way for Pep Guardiola in 2016. Paulo's a professional. This is an ambitious man. He knows what to do'.

He could definitely earn a better salary at West Ham and would nearly certainly have more to spend on potential signings. The former Everton and Manchester United manager was appointed to replace Slaven Bilic in November on a six-month deal and guided them to a 13th place finish, having taken over with the team in the relegation zone.

According to Chilean media outlet Pauta, the 64-year-old has agreed to leave his current club in China in order to take the reins vacated by David Moyes last week.

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