Telegraph: Newcastle senior man interested in West Ham move after deadline day failings
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez’s long term future at the club is in “serious doubt” after they failed to sign any players on deadline day, according to a report.
The Telegraph claims that the Spaniard would be open to joining fellow Premier League rivals West Ham United should they decide to sack current boss Slaven Bilic.
This follows up from the story in the Sun which reported that the West Ham hierarchy were set to hold talks with Bilic following the team’s disappointing start to the Premier League campaign.
The Magpies reportedly failed in their attempts to make additions to the squad on the final day of the transfer window as deals for Chelsea defender Kenedy and Southampton youngster Matt Targett fell through.
The newspaper also reports that Newcastle made a move for Arsenal striker Lucas Perez but he decided to return to his former club Deportivo La Coruña on loan.
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The report claims that the Spanish manager will not walk out of the club at the moment but he is far from happy with the transfer dealings this summer.
Benitez currently has two years remaining on his contract at St James’ Park.
Football Insider verdict
Despite making six signings to the first-team this summer, Newcastle still look a bit short and they might face a tough task retaining their Premier League status this season. Things were always going to come to a head with Benitez and owner Mike Ashley and it appears that the club’s failure to get deals over the line on deadline day could be the final straw for the Spaniard. If Benitez decides to walk out of the club, the Newcastle supporters will be livid even more so if he choses to manage a team who have endured a worst start to the Premier League this season. Benitez should stay patient and see how they team progresses from now until the January transfer window before making an emphatic decision about his future.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Merson delivers verdict on the Magpies’ summer transfer activity.