Sport West Ham looking to steal Benitez from Newcastle

15:05  17 may  2018
15:05  17 may  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Benitez calls on his squad to finish season strongly

  Benitez calls on his squad to finish season strongly Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has challenged his squad to end the season strong and target an eighth-place finish. While the Magpies spent a period of the season focusing solely on ensuring they remain in the top flight ahead of next season, the club are now in a safe position, firmly sat in mid-table. However, with three games remaining for the Tyneside club, Benitez has called on his players to show what they’re about and leapfrog ninth placed Leicester and eighth place Everton. While this could be impossible, depending on the respective club’s final few results, Benitez is determined to put recent defeats to West Brom and the Toffees behind them and end the season strongly. Talking ahead of his sides’ trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday, Benitez said; “At the beginning, to finish in the top 17 would have been fine. For us, it was a great achievement.” “If we can finish in the top 10, it would be even better for everyone to be proud of this season. Every player knows this and they will try.” “For me, it’s not a big difference to finish 12th or eighth, but because we are where we are, I would like to finish eighth if it’s possible or ninth or 10th. It would be much better.” While the performances against Everton and Albion in recent weeks haven’t been good, Benitez insisted that there has been no conscious decision from Newcastle to switch off, now that their Premier League status has been confirmed.

West Ham look set to steal Jordan Hugill from under the noses of their top flight rivals. Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is desperate for a new striker and missed out on a loan move for Daniel Sturridge this week, while the club have refused to meet Feyenoord’s asking price of £22m for Nicolai Jorgensen.

West Ham are planning on making a move for Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez , according to Sky sources. The Spaniard almost became Hammers Benitez is believed to have a £6m release clause in his Newcastle contract and wants assurances about his transfer budget before committing

West Ham are going to approach Rafa Benitez to try and persuade him to Leave Newcastle and take over their vacant manager role.

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.

West Ham are looking to replace David Moyes as he left the Hammers when his short-term deal was not renewed.

Rafael Benitez wearing a suit and tie: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport © Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Sport

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.

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.

NEWCASTLE boss Rafa Benitez has come in for stinging criticism amid speculation he could join West Ham . And talks are thought to be on the cards as West Ham look to give themselves a jumpstart ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Benitez is willing to consider a move to West Ham amid claims

West Ham are ready to make a formal approach for Rafael Benítez and are giving serious consideration to triggering the £6m release clause in the Newcastle manager’s contract.

Benitez is apparently annoyed by the lack of funds he is being supplied with to improve his squad this summer and is increasingly getting more annoyed with Mike Ashley.

Benitez has been told this won’t be the case at the London Stadium as they will allow him to spend freely and improve their squad.

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.

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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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