Newcastle are on the hunt for a new striker, and Sakho is a name who has been touted as a potential signing.
However, even though Benitez would like Sakho at St. James’ Park, the Spanish now feels a deal is unlikely.
West Ham and Newcastle are both battling against the drop, and Benitez does not expect any favours from David Moyes.
Newcastle may not be able to finance a permanent deal for Sakho, but would be keen to take him on loan.
But Benitez realises that West Ham are unlikely to want to strengthen one of their relegation rivals.
Newcastle are now set to move on to other targets, as they look to strengthen their attacking options over the coming weeks.