The Argentine boss is one of the candidates on the Hammers’ managerial short-list, but a report in La Provence - quoted by GFN - has claimed that he has reached a ‘total agreement’ for a new two-year deal at Marseille.
Cult hero Bielsa has only been with the French club for one season, and he was heavily linked with a summer exit due to reported disagreements with the board.
This potential availability meant that West Ham were looking at appointing him this summer, as a replacement for the departing Sam Allardyce, and Bielsa would certainly fulfil all the traits that the East London club are looking for in a coach.
He plays attacking, exciting football, with a desire to entertain, and has experience of coaching title races as well as in Europe. He is not the most trophy-laden of coaches, but his appointment would certainly show a progression by the club.
However, this new report claims that he has put any differences with the board aside, and has agreed a new contract, after tentative claims that discussions had taken place last week - as reported by BeIN Sports.
That report suggested that a two-year deal was on the table, and all indications now show that Bielsa has agreed the contract, meaning West Ham have missed out on their target.
Three men now remain in the running for the job, with Unai Emery, Slaven Bilic and Frank de Boer all on the Hammers’ shortlist, as per the Brentwood Gazette.