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Guillem Balague makes massive Rafa Benitez to Arsenal claim

Shaka Hislop believes West Ham will find it hard to appoint a top class manager - and should have given David Moyes at least another season.

Although he is resisting the temptation to leave, Benitez would be intrigued by the West Ham job if he can not reach a satisfactory agreement with Newcastle.

Ashley has said that he wants Benitez to stay, but the pair have not held face-to-face talks and there is a lack of trust on Benitez's side after three botched transfer windows. "If I can answer you in two days?", asked Fonseca.

Should Benitez be appointed manager, the tactically astute Spaniard will likely look to bolster the Gunners defence this summer. Owner Mike Ashley has announced he will give Rafa "every penny" to spend on players, but that news has been met with scepticism from the fans.

It was interesting to read a very good recent piece by George Caulkin who covers Newcastle United for The Times, he said that it was more about the freedom to operate as he sees fit that Rafa Benitez was most bothered about, not the actual exact budget figure.

Guillem Balague says Arsenal are interested in Rafa Benitez
Guillem Balague says Arsenal are interested in Rafa Benitez

Despite his frustrations with owner Mike Ashley and the board, there were not any direct connections to other Premier League options.

However, the West Ham coverage is also showing he is very much active with his PR people.

Moyes arrived in November on a contract until the end of the season, and guided West Ham out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish on Sunday.

Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca has rejected the chance to join West Ham United in favour of signing a new two-year contract with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Waddle discussed Benitez's current situation at Newcastle and what it would take for him to make the switch to east London.

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