Crystal Palace and West Ham United have taken the lead in the race to sign Ludogorets forward Jonathan Cafu, Sport Witness has learned.

Given the competition from several English clubs, the London sides have recently held individual meetings to confirm their interest in the Brazilian attacker.

Crystal Palace are currently considered to be further down the route of finding a deal, and more convinced, as West Ham are still waiting for a solution to Dimitri Payet’s situation.

Even though Ludogorets dream of getting up to €12m from the sale of Cafu, it’s believed the London clubs will offer between €7m and €8m.

As Ludogorets are still listening to other offers, contact with Stoke City and Leicester City is anticipated over the next few days. There’s also interest from Portugal and Italy.

With 11 goals and 7 assists this season, Cafu has been impressing both in the Bulgarian League and in the Champions League. He was signed from São Paulo in 2012 for €2.2m, so Ludogrets stand to make a good profit.

Both Crystal Palace and West Ham are keen to add to their squads during the current window, and Cafu looks a good option.