Benitez is definitely keen on a Premier League return after what is seen as a disappointing season with Napoli who sit in fifth place in Serie A – twenty points off leaders Juventus.
And the 1-1 home draw against 17th Atalanta at the weekend only cranked up the pressure on the former Kop boss.
With his family still in Liverpool – where they are very settled – Benitez was reported by former Kop keeper Pepe Reina – as being ready to make a PL return.
And sources inside West Ham admitted to ClaretandHugh this morning that he is a manager who would be very much a target were he available.
However one added: “Our understanding is that he wants either Liverpool or Manchester City. He’s a top manager and most clubs would be interested but whether we could attract him is another question. ”