The former Liverpool and Chelsea caretaker boss remains what one source told us was a “longshot” but he added: “We aren’t giving up on him.”
The Spanish boss has been on the club’s wish list for several months with his Napoli contract coming to an end but Hammers chiefs have been under the belief that he wants a “top” club.
However, with the club having smashed Wolfsburg in the Europa Cup quarter final first round match in Germany this week and currently in fourth Serie A place, he is still a serious contender to hold onto his job in Italy.
Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is set to hold talks with him at the end of the season having admitted that he’s attracted to Jurgen Klopp whom he approached last summer.
Klopp’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund has thrown various managerial options wide open and in a www.westhamworld.co.uk poll he came out on top of the Hammers fans wish list.
He was not included in the ClaretandHugh poll which is currently running as we had no information to suggest that he was a runner.
Benitez, however, most definitely is and currently leads our poll with over 23 per cent of the vote. Slaven Bilic is a couple of percentage points behind with Marseilles chief Marcelo Bielsa a close third.
However, hopes of a possible Klopp swoop have risen since the evangelical Christian believing German suggested that he doesn’t necessarily want one of the world’s mega clubs.