West Ham identify Rafael Benitez as their preferred successor to David Moyes

West Ham strongly deny claims David Moyes will be replaced even if club avoid relegation

West Ham say they won't hold talks with under-fire manager David Moyes over his future with the Premier League strugglers until the end of the season.

Though Moyes has led the club out of the relegation zone, they are still far from safe and are now in 12th position on the Premier League standings and just three points above the relegation zone.

"The club would like to place on record that it categorically refutes the claims made by the Daily Telegraph regarding manager David Moyes", it reads.

It had been reported earlier this week that Moyes would lose his job at the end of the season, but the Hammers posted a statement on their club website denying the claims - even though the Scot's contract expires at the end of the season.

"There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this story".

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"Until then, the board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together with the manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the board".

Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic past year after a series of poor results.

West Ham were linked with several fullbacks in January, and given Opare can play on both the right and left sides of defence, he could prove a good option.

West Ham's position will be influenced by the potential availability of a viable successor to Moyes, with Benitez set to be at the heart of their plans.

West Ham's joint owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, accepted Benitez's actions, and the Spaniard was discussed as a possible replacement for Bilic when the Hammers were looking for a new boss in the autumn.

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