West Ham United intend to officially announce Julen Lopetegui as their new manager this week to ‘end speculation’ around the club.

That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say West Ham want to put an end to constant rumours about the managerial position.

The Hammers are on the hunt for a new manager after they and David Moyes elected to part ways this summer.

Lopetegui is the frontrunner for the position and has been for some time, with West Ham seemingly deciding on him after the furore around Sporting Club de Portugal manager Ruben Amorim.

Speculation around the managerial position has been rife for weeks but Moyes’ departure was only officially confirmed before the final two games of the season.

The Hammers have been accused in some quarters of not respecting the coach, but Mundo say the opposite is the case and actually their respect for him is delaying Lopetegui’s presentation.

According to them, the plan for West Ham is to announce his appointment in the coming days to ‘end speculation’ and then present him alongside technical director Tim Steidten and sporting director Mark Noble a few weeks later once Moyes’ contract has officially expired on June 30th.

An agreement with Lopetegui was already closed several days ago and meetings have already taken place on the plan for next season, now the Hammers want to officially announce it to put an end to suggestions someone else may be taking up the position.