Reported West Ham target Vitorino Antunes signs new deal with Malaga

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The Portuguese left-back is unlikely to be heading out of the Malaga exit door any time soon.

This summer West Ham were linked with several full-backs as Sam Allardyce looked to change the direction The Hammers were going under his stewardship.

One name that came up was Portuguese defender Vitorino Antunes. The 27-year-old former Roma defender joined Malaga as a replacement for Nacho Monreal in 2013 and the international has impressed since arriving at La Rosaleda.

However West Ham did in fact hold discussions with him in the summer over a potential deal, only for it to fall away.

The interesting point about the move is that it came after the signing of Aaron Cresswell, Antunes was meant as competition for the summer signing from Ipswich Town.

In fact West Ham could still do with better strength in depth at that position, especially as it looks like they are launching an assault on the European places this term.

But if they were hoping to rekindle interest in Antunes, that is now highly unlikely.

He signed a new deal with Malaga yesterday.

Antunes, 27, signed on the dotted line of a new deal with the La Liga club, keeping him with Los Boquerones until the end of the 2019 season.

So if a left-back remains on the agenda, Antunes will have to be old news for West Ham.

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