West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Manuel Pellegrini to become their new manager, according to Sky sources.

The former Manchester City boss is on his way to London and will hold talks with co-owner David Sullivan on Monday.

Current club Hebei China Fortune announced the Chilean’s departure as their manager on Saturday, expressing their sincere gratitude for his contributions to the team.

However, West Ham are also still seeking to speak with Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez this weekend.

The Hammers are looking for a replacement for David Moyes, who left the club earlier in the week after completing a six-month contract, and the 64-year-old Premier League title-winner Pellegrini has emerged as the leading candidate.

He guided Manchester City to the title in 2013-14, having began his managerial career in South America and winning national leagues in four different countries.

Prior to joining City, he had spells with Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga in Spain.

Benitez has been a long-term candidate for the West Ham job but is currently in charge at Newcastle and remains a very popular figure at St James’ Park, after guiding the Magpies to a 10th-place Premier League finish.

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