According to an exclusive report from the Mirror, West Ham are monitoring Rafa Benitez’s situation in China, as they eye up potential replacements for Manuel Pellegrini.

The 59-year-old is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, having left Newcastle United in the summer.

And it seems as though he could be offered a route back to the Premier League.

2019 CFA Cup - Dalian Yifang v Shanghai Shenhua

Rafa Benitez (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is under heavy pressure. West Ham have taken just two points from their last six Premier League games – a run that has seen them slump to 16th place in the table.

And a defeat to Tottenham on Saturday could spell the end of Pellegrini’s tenure at the London Stadium.

 

The Mirror claims that although Benitez is earning £12 million a year in China, he could be tempted into taking over at West Ham, should they come calling.

2019 CFA Cup - Dalian Yifang v Shanghai Shenhua

Rafa Benitez (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images via Getty Images)

And the Spaniard would be an excellent appointment for the Hammers. He is one of the best tacticians around.

And it seems as though Pellegrini is very poor in that particular department.

Much will depend on whether West Ham manage to beat Spurs on Saturday. If they lose, Pellegirni might just be put out of his misery.

And the Hammers could do a lot worse than replacing him with Rafa Benitez.

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