Would Rafael Benitez moving to West Ham United make Jamaal Lascelles move more likely?

Newcastle goalscorer Jamaal Lascelles celebrates on the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in...

West Ham United are said to be looking to appoint Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as their next manager.

Newcastle goalscorer Jamaal Lascelles celebrates on the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in...

The Sun reported how West Ham United were planning a £15 million raid for Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles this summer, and that move could become more likely if Rafael Benitez does take the job at the London Stadium.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham have made Benitez their first choice to take over from David Moyes.

While any deal for the Spanish boss is still a long way from completion, there are some concerns around St. James’ Park that Benitez could depart.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal   during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on January 31,...

Newcastle fans may argue that moving to West Ham would be a step down for Benitez.

But the Hammers are reportedly prepared to back Benitez with the big budget he has been asking for for so long at Newcastle.

And if he did arrive at West Ham it would not be at all surprising to see Lascelles made one of his top targets.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Manchester, England.

The Hammers are on the hunt for new defenders, and Benitez is a huge fan of Lascelles.

The pair have had a great relationship during their time together at Newcastle.

And if West Ham were planning to move for Lascelles even before Benitez took charge, then that move will become even more likely if the Spaniard is in the dugout.

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