West Ham United face a stern test to improve their ranks this summer, which means it’s disappointing to have seen a spanner already thrown in the works.

Reported Hammers target Jonathan Cafu has spoken about his desire to leave current outfit Ludogorets this summer, identifying Portugal as a preferred destination.

SportWitness reported earlier this year that West Ham were amongst a trio of Premier League sides keen on Cafu’s signature, alongside West Ham and Everton, but the winger is eyeing a move elsewhere.

Speaking to Portuguese outlet Record, he said:

“I have a contract with Ludogorets, but I do not rule out the possibility of going to Sporting.”

“It’s a team that plays in the Champions League and is in a Championship better and more visible than the Bulgarian. If I go to Sporting, I will be very happy and hope to demonstrate good football.”

The 25-year-old Brazilian could still be lured to the Premier League but the absence of European football from the Hammers could prove to be decisive.