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West Ham hold Pellegrini talks

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West Ham have held recent talks with former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini about taking over at the London Stadium, according to a club insider.

ExWHUemployee, who is an established source for exclusive Hammers information on Twitter, reported on Friday that the club had initially spoken to the 64-year-old in January.

It is claimed that the Irons then followed up with further talks recently, although the Chilean’s lucrative contract at current club Hebei China Fortune is a massive stumbling block to any deal.

Ex also reports that Pellegrini has expressed an interest in returning to England, where he won the Premier League and League Cup double in his first season as City boss in 2014.

OPINION

there is no doubt the 64-year-old would be a step up from Moyes. Pellegrini has been there and done it at the very top level, winning multiple major trophies. Moyes may have managed Everton to the Champions League and Preston to the Second Division title, but it is not quite the same is it? Having a manager of Pellegrini’s stature would immediately change the mood at the London Stadium, which has been darkening all season. To get him to sign, the board must be prepared to pledge him funds in this summer’s transfer market, with a lot of work needing to be done on a flagging Hammers squad.

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