Newcastle United lost Rafael Benitez to China over the summer – but fans could see him back in the Premier League very, very quickly.
Benitez spent more than three years in charge of the Magpies, sticking with the club through their relegation and taking them back to the Premier League, comfortably avoiding the drop twice.
The Spaniard's deal came to an end in June though, and whilst Newcastle fans were desperate for Mike Ashley to keep him, no new deal was agreed.
Benitez walked out of Newcastle and left Steve Bruce to take over, and then headed over to China to pen a huge £12million-a-year deal with Dalian Yifang.
Manuel Pellegrini is under huge pressure after a run of just two points in the last six games, and the Hammers are targeting Benitez having missed out on him back in 2015.
Newcastle fans have been taking to Twitter to react to the rumour, with many suggesting that they can't see West Ham fans being happy, given that they usually like attractive football, and Benitez would just stifle his attacking players.
Others think that Benitez is too good for West Ham, and seeing him join the Hammers would be a heartbreaking moment, whilst some simply don't believe that he would break his contract in China to make the move to the London Stadium.
I thought West Ham had a reputation for playing attractive football— Chris (@brumymag) November 19, 2019
Where he’s wanted to be for some time, their attacking minded players will be worried— Steve Thompson (@thompamoo) November 19, 2019
Would be very surprised if he went but wow what a coupe for West Ham.— Mark (@mja1980) November 19, 2019
West Ham board would back in him unlike others.
Can't see West Ham fans having that. Boring, negative football, then listening to him have a good moan every week. They'll chase him out in no time!— MrLee (@leescott2510) November 19, 2019
Never going to happen as it would cost west ham a fortune— Brian Nicholson (@Brian_NUFC) November 19, 2019
There's just one problem in Rafa Benitez potential return to England with West Ham.— Steven Johnson (@UptoonFunk8) November 19, 2019
And that he hasn't broken a contract at whichever club he's been at he had multiple offers while he was #NUFC boss and rejected them.
He's not going to break his £12m-a-year contract in China.
He’s too good to go there,not much he could do with them— John Paul Nagle (@Nagser82) November 20, 2019
Rafa Benitez to West Ham would break my heart.— Lee Robson... (@leerobson23) November 19, 2019
I’m not being funny but I don’t think Rafa fits the “West Ham way”. If their fans are happy with this, I don’t understand. https://t.co/YXmJRWpuYp— ToonFan (@ToonFan14) November 19, 2019
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