West Ham spring surprise as Hammers hold talks with Everton managerial target Fonseca

Paulo Fonseca

According to reports in England this evening, West Ham United held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca earlier today.

Highly-regarded

Fonseca, 45, previously managed the likes of Porto and Braga in his native country of Portugal, and took over the reigns at Shakhtar in 2016.

He led the club to the round of 16 in the Champions League this season, and secured their 11th Ukrainian top-flight title this past weekend with a 1-0 win over Veres.

Everton were known to have been tracking Fonseca before the appointment of Sam Allardyce late last year, with the attractive brand of football showcased by the former Porto midfielder’s teams since the beginning of his managerial career in 2011 having piqued the interest of several of Europe’s top clubs.

London Stadium bound?

Arsenal have also been named as holding an interest in Fonseca’s services, but, as per the aforementioned update this evening, a surprise club, in the form of West Ham United, look to have jumped to the front of the queue for the Portuguese tactician.

The contract of David Moyes, who took charge of the Hammers in November of last year in the wake of Slaven Bilic’s sacking, expired last night, following the capital outfit’s final league outing of the season versus Everton.

And West Ham have seemingly taken little time to begin their search for Moyes’ replacement, with the Daily Mail insistent that Irons’ chairman David Sullivan held a meeting with Paulo Fonseca and super-agent Jorge Mendes at his mansion in Essex this evening, to discuss the possibility of the 45-year-old taking over at the London Stadium next season.

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