One reason clubs want to move quickly in the transfer market is in case another club wants the player, and they could come in for him and wreck the deal.
And this is the fourth week that Lee Charnley has been talking with Rafa Benitz’ representatives and now West Ham have fired David Moyes and his staff.
West Ham are now reported to be after Rafa Benitez, and that’s not a real surprise.
Rafa almost signed for the Hammers back in the summer of 2015 after he had left Napoli, but at the last minute, Real Madrid came after him.
And now there are reports in the national press today – with an exclusive in the Mail – that West Ham will give Rafa whatever he wants – to get him to sign for them this summer.
Rafa Benitez – West Ham want him
That’s significant because Newcastle (make that Mike Ashley) will not give him everything he wants at Newcastle.
And if ever Rafa starts talking with West Ham the negotiations could be over in days, not weeks or months.
The West Ham Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are ambitious – unlike Mike Ashley.
Benitez is said to be West Ham’s “preferred candidate,” although they are talking to other managers like Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca and former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Newcastle cannot seem to do anything quickly under Mike Ashley, and if we lose Rafa to West Ham, it would be an almighty tragedy for Newcastle.
We all know Mike Ashley can screw things up – anything – but this would be way beyond the pale.