As reported by Sport Witness a few months ago, West Ham continue considering the signing of Jonathan Cafu, although the latest news isn’t very good for the player.

On Friday, Bulgarian website Topsport has a story with claims from the Israeli press saying the Hammers scouted Cafu at this start of the season.

Officials reportedly watched him during the Champions League games against Hapoel Beer Sheva, but the Brazilian failed to impress, and Topsport takes it as a big sign the transfer is now unlikely to happen.

Sport Witness has learned that talks over a potential transfer for Cafu should resume soon, with a few meetings scheduled for the next week. The Bulgarian club wanted the player to focus on the Champions League playoff stage first, and will now discuss his future.

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Jonathan Cafu has a €12m release clause, and despite a big list of English clubs who have made contact about a transfer, none of them have so far seemed willing to part with such an amount.

It’s a disappointment for Cafu if he’s failed to impress West Ham’s scouts on this occasion, but the club have been following him for some time and he may get another chance soon.