Newcastle fans have gone into panic stations on social media after it was reported that Premier League rivals West Ham are looking to make a move for manager Rafael Benitez this summer.

Sky Sports claim on their official Twitter account, as well as their official website, that the Irons, who let David Moyes depart earlier this week after his short-term contract came to an end, are eyeing up the Spanish boss as their number one target, with a £6million release clause included in his current terms at Newcastle.

Moyes left his post with the Hammers after having replaced Slaven Bilic earlier in the campaign, and after a shaky time at the helm managed to guide the east London club to safety.

Benitez meanwhile was heralded for his work with the Magpies, taking the newly promoted side, who scraped their way to the Championship title, and helping them finish 10th, securing an impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea on the final day of the season.

A firm favourite on Tyneside, the report of Benitez’s potential exit has got the Toon Army up in arms, with many fearing that West Ham may be able to give him the financial backing he deserves, while also pointing the finger of blame solely at Newcastle owner Mike Ashley if the Spaniard does leave.

Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:

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