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Sport West Ham seriously considering paying Benitez's release clause

20:50  17 may  2018
20:50  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.

The Telegraph reported in February that Benitez is one of the names that the West Ham board have their eye on, and the Chronicle is now suggesting that the Spaniard has a £6 million release clause in his contract that is set to expire at the end of next season at St James' Park.

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is West Ham United’ s top target if, as expected, they part company from David Moyes. The Hammers are ready to offer him a sizeable budget and pay his £6million release clause , but it is believed they would struggle to match the personal terms he

West Ham United are reportedly pondering a move to trigger Rafa Benitez’s release clause at Newcastle United.

The Hammers are stepping up their pursuit of a new permanent first-team manager following the confirmation that David Moyes’ contract at the club would not be extended.

A number of bosses have already been linked with the vacant managerial post at the London Stadium and if the Guardian are to be believed, strong consideration is being given to a swoop for Benitez.

Rafael Benitez wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport © Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport

It’s claimed in a report that the Spaniard’s contract at Newcastle currently contains a release clause priced at £6 million and West Ham are considering triggering this option.

Chelsea ready to meet release clause of Benjamin Henrichs

  Chelsea ready to meet release clause of Benjamin Henrichs Chelsea are ready to meet the release clause of Benjamin Henrichs, according to reports. The 21-year-old defender’s contract with Bayer Leverkusen apparently has a £31million release clause built into it and it appears that Chelsea are happy to meet that amount. Henrichs can play in any position across the back four, and he’s also able to play in midfield too, so his versatility could prove vital for Chelsea if they do decide to meet his release clause. Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were all interested in the defender last summer but he turned them all down and signed a new contract with Leverkusen. However, the player and his agent made sure that the deal had the £31million clause included before he put pen to paper so he’d still get to make a choice about his future if a top side came in for him. It now looks like he’ll get to make that decision this summer as Chelsea look set to splash the cash in order to sign the German international.

LIVERPOOL are ready to pay Andriy Yarmolenko' s £14.5m release clause , according to reports in Italy. They say Brendan Rodgers has a strong interest in the Dynamo Kiev winger and is willing to pay his £14.5million (€20m) clause .

The Bayer Leverkusen striker is believed to be open to a move and the Hammers are keen on seizing the opportunity by activating the £13 million release clause in his contract. West Ham are desperate to bring in a proven goal scorer this summer as they look to add to their attacking options, and

The Hammers are continuing to weigh up their options but Benitez appears to be near the top of their shortlist ahead of next season.

Benitez did a superb job with Newcastle in their first campaign back in the Premier League, leading them to a number of impressive results along with a top-half finish.

Everton v Newcastle United - Premier League © Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport Everton v Newcastle United - Premier League

Rafa wants to stay with Newcastle but needs promises .
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez wants to remain with the club, but needs assurances over his transfer budget, reports the Telegraph. West Ham are expected to make an approach for him to become their new manager, saying they are close to appointing a high-profile manager. There is a £6 million release clause in the Spaniard’s contract, with the Hammers appearing willing to pay it for someone who has the knowledge and success Benitez has under his belt. However, no agreement has yet been reached and Benitez would be keen to remain on Tyneside. Fans love Rafa as manager and see the club only improving with him in charge, but he wants the money to facilitate such progress. Newcastle had the seventh lowest net spend in the Premier League this season, by far the lowest of the promoted clubs. Mike Ashley has promised the 58-year-old he can have any money the club makes, but Premier League money does not reach the clubs until the end of July and the window closes in early August. Moving to West Ham would see him guaranteed funds, as they showed they aren’t afraid to spend, signing forwards Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez last summer.

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