Unai Emery is West Ham United’s top target to replace David Moyes, with Paulo Fonseca set to sign a new contract at Shakhtar Donetsk.
West Ham have decided not to retain Moyes at the end of his short-term contract , with the former Manchester United boss having kept the club in the Premier League.
Joint-chairman David Sullivan confirmed the club’s intention to appoint Moyes’s replacement within the next 10 days and Emery is set to hold talks over the role.
The Spaniard has agreed to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the Ligue 1 season and he will be replaced at the French champions by Thomas Tuchel .
Emery is set to meet with Sullivan next week and the chairman is excited by the idea of appointing such a marquee name, though the 46-year-old does not speak English, which could prove prohibitive.
He has also been linked with the Arsenal job following Arsene Wenger's decision to stand down, although he has claimed that he had yet to receive an offer from the Gunners.
Rafael Benitez is also a potentially alluring appointment, but the Newcastle United manager is highly rated by Magpies owner Mike Ashley, who inserted a £6 million release clause into the Spaniard’s contract. Benitez is understood to want an annual salary of £10m on top, meaning any appointment is unlikely to be cost effective.
Sullivan and David Gold, though, are under Benitez’s spell, and attempted to appoint the ex-Liverpool boss before his move to Real Madrid in 2015, with the Hammers eventually hiring Slaven Bilic.
Paulo Fonseca has also been interviewed for the role, and he would be a less expensive appointment, but he has decided to sign a new two-year contract with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.
West Ham decided to dispense with Moyes amid simmering fan discontent in east London after the club finished the Premier League season in 13th, nine points clear of the relegation zone.
A wildly unpopular move to the London Stadium from Upton Park in 2016 has led to ongoing protests, while poor results saw a slide towards the bottom three, and calls for the boardroom trio of Sullivan, Gold and Karren Brady to leave the club.
Moyes guided the club to eight wins in his tenure after replacing Bilic in November, including success over Chelsea and a 4-1 thumping of the impressive Huddersfield, and nine draws, taking four points from games against Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United. However, 10 losses, eight of which involved conceding three or more goals, has led to a hankering for change at West Ham, despite a morale-boosting 3-1 final day victory over Everton.
Gold had stated on Tuesday that he “hopes” Moyes stays on, but the club have instead opted to go down a different route.
With West Ham wanting to play attractive, attacking football, it is understood that Moyes’ conservative approach throughout his reign – despite numerous heavy defeats – had frustrated many.
Moyes, himself, had been disappointed in a number of leaks to the media, while his January signings Patrice Evra and striker Jordan Hugill failed to make a significant impact.