When he takes over, his first signing is expected to be his former lieutenant at the Etihad, Yaya Toure. The 35-year-old midfielder leaves City this summer when his contract expires.
West Ham tried to land the Ivory Coast international last year but were unable to meet his exorbitant salary expectations. This time, however, they believe his demands will be lower and the opportunity to work with a former boss too good to turn down.
The Hammers spurned the opportunity to appoint David Moyes on a permanent basis when his deal expired. Despite keeping them in the Premier League, 2017/18 fell woefully short of the owners’ expectations. Fans turned on the board venomously during the home match against Burnley in March.
David Sullivan is set to tie up details of a three-year deal at the club’s Chadwell Heath training ground.
The Hammers tried to appoint Pellegrini previously but failed to reach an agreement last summer with the former City boss heading to China to manage Hebei China Fortune in the Super League.
Pellegrini isn’t their first choice. Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar Donetsk boss, flew in last week for talks while the Hammers were also put off by Newcastle United’s demand for a £6m release clause for Rafa Benitez.