The Hammers board still believe they have a chance of bringing the Spaniard to east London as reports spread that Madrid have offered Jurgen Klopp three year deal at eight million euros per annum.
The situation is confused by the fact that Benitez is also wanted at his present club Napoli whom ClaretandHugh understands has offered him seven and half million euros over the next two years.
But there remains confidence inside Upton Park that should Benitez miss out on the Bernabeu job we have a real chance of tempting him back to the Premier League.
A well placed source told us: “We are hoping reports in Germany that Klopp has landed the job are right because if so we believe there’s a real chance of getting Rafa.”
The club now has Slaven Bilic as their likely second favourite for the job although our insider said: “There are others although it has to be said Slaven is a very impressive man.
“However, we’ll do nothing until we know where we are with Rafa and Real.”