West Ham could turn their attention to recruiting Rafa Benitez as their manager if they lose patience with Manuel Pellegrini, according to a report which was published by Sky Sports.

Pellegrini is currently under immense pressure to save his job.

The Hammers made a positive start to the League season but now find themselves in 16th position on the standings after having lost four out of their previous five top-flight games.

There has been no significant improvement at West Ham since Pellegrini was appointed as the club’s manager during the summer of 2018 despite the Chilean having been given extensive funds to purchase new players.

Benitez has been managing Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League after he left Newcastle United last summer.

The report added that the Spaniard has a desire to return to English football which means that he may well be open to taking the Hammers managerial role if it is made available for him.

Benitez has an impressive reputation. He led Newcastle admirably between 2016-19 despite having been required to work with very limited resources.

Many feel that it was nothing short of a miracle that the former Liverpool boss kept the Magpies in the Premier League given that he had a very limited budget to work with in the transfer market.

The 59-year-old was previously close to joining West Ham as its manager before he joined Real Madrid in 2015.

If West Ham do opt to sack Pellegrini, Benitez would certainly be a good choice to be the South American’s successor.