The Hammers saw David Moyes' contract expire on Monday after a 3-1 win over Everton to end the season, and then parted ways with the Scot on Wednesday afternoon.
Just months after sacking Slaven Bilic, West Ham are now in the market for yet another manager, with a host of exciting names already linked with the job.
One of those names was Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca, before O Jogo reported that he intended to snub West Ham and sign a new deal with Shakhtar following a meeting with Hammers co-owner David Sullivan.
Now, The Mirror report that West Ham are focusing on Newcastle United's Rafael Benitez, and had two major concerns about Fonseca anyway despite holding talks with him.
It's claimed that West Ham had problems with Fonseca's inability to speak English, and because he has been somewhat nomadic during his short managerial career, clearly fearing that he may only be a short-term solution.
The 45-year-old has just clinched a second straight title with Shakhtar, though with a huge chunk of his squad being Brazilian, the Portuguese boss will have largely been able to communicate freely – which may not be the case at West Ham.
Fonseca has certainly done the rounds in his managerial career too, having two spells with Pacos de Ferreira either side of a failed stint with Porto, whilst he also managed Braga before heading onto Shakhtar, with West Ham allegedly concerned about the frequency of his moves.