West Ham were among a quartet of English sides to miss out on signing Ludogorets winger Jonathan Cafu after the Bulgarian side refused to lower their asking price.
The 25-year-old was a target for a number of English clubs including Leicester City, Brighton and Stoke City, but due to Ludogorets’ high demands, a deal couldn’t be struck.
Lazio and Lyon were the only sides who placed their bids, but they were both below the amount expected and turned down by Ludogorets.
It is believed that the Bulgarian club valued their player at €12m, while West Ham saw the winger’s valuation closer to €7m.
Cafu has impressed a number of scouts this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting seven times, while also performing well against both PSG and Arsenal in the Champions League.
However, next season, the winger will be entering the final year of his contract and it is thought West Ham will rekindle their interest in Cafu with Ludogorets hoping to receive a transfer fee for their player.
The Hammers host Manchester City tonight and new signings Richard Snodgrass and Jose Fonte are both in Slaven Bilic’s squad.
Cheikhou Kouyate, who just returned from the African Cup of Nations, won’t be considered for selection, while Havard Nordtveit and Diafra Sakho miss out through injury.