In Focus: West Ham eye £10.2m-rated forward; he could solve goalscoring woes

According to a report on Sport Witness, West Ham United are among the English clubs interested in signing £10.2m-rated Ludogorets forward Jonathan Cafu this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Crystal Palace and Stoke City were said to be interested in the Brazilian attacker during the January transfer window but after failing to meet the demands of the Bulgarian club, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City and West Ham United are said to have joined the chase for the 25-year-old.

How has he done this season?

He’s done very well and it’s no surprise that he is receiving admiring glances from Premier League sides.

The winger has scored 14 goals and provided a further nine assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for Ludogorets this term, and showed his ability to make an impact at the highest level by scoring against Arsenal and Basel in the Champions League.

What would he bring to West Ham?

Cafu is effective when dribbling with the ball and he has the technical ability to cause opposition defenders problems in the Premier League.

Even though he has played the majority of his career out wide, the Brazilian has also shown that he can play as a centre-forward too for the Bulgarian outfit and that is something that could appeal to Irons manager Slaven Bilic as he looks to bring in more options and goals to his attack during the summer.

What’s the verdict, then?

Even though some West Ham supporters will be cautious with the likes of Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri getting their first taste of English football and failing to impress after moving to the London Stadium last summer, Cafu does look to have something about him.

For the reported fee of just over £10m, it could be a risk worth taking as the Irons look to push for Europe next season.