'West Ham United want to guarantee supporters that the board are extraordinarily assured of appointing a high-calibre first-team supervisor, who has a confirmed file each within the Premier League and European soccer, ' a membership assertion learn.
Fonseca agreed to give Sullivan 72 hours before reaching a decision, with his current club Shakhtar Donetsk keen to extend his contract for another season.
Now the second favourite for the Everton job on Sky Bet (after Marco Silva), Fonseca was rumoured to have turned down Everton earlier this week and looked set to join West Ham.
West Ham paid three or four times as much when they bought just one player in Arnautovic last summer, so to at last attract a top class manager like Rafa, they would bite your hand off if they only had to pay £6m for him and he was willing.
London Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for West Ham Credit getty images
Although he is resisting the temptation to leave, Benitez would be intrigued by the West Ham job if he can not reach a satisfactory agreement with Newcastle.
It was in July of a year ago that Benitez urged Ashley to "keep his word" over transfer funds and reminded him that he could have quit the club for a mega-money deal in China.
He said: 'When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley (in May, 2017) I was confident that we have the money available and the wages. Hopefully Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do. In case you go to China you can also make some huge cash.
Benitez, although, believes the next switch spend of round £40m fell in need of that promise and was irritated on the size of time taken to finish offers.