Malaga boss confirms reported West Ham target Vitorino Antunes is to join Dynamo Kiev

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West Ham were said keen on the Portugal international in the summer.

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. It was reported by The Daily Star that the 27-year-old former Roma defender - who joined Malaga as a replacement for Nacho Monreal in 2013.

It was reported that West Ham did in fact hold discussions with him in the summer over a potential deal.

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 interest is no more.

Antunes is off to Dynamo Kiev, as confirmed by his manager Javi Gracia. He told the press, as quoted by El Desmarque:

"We have reached an agreement for Antunes out. I think Dynamo Kiev. I do not think either is my responsibility. It is the loss of another major player and move on. I have no time or inclination to be lamenting, I prefer to look forward and look what we have. We have a good squad of which we are proud."

The deal, said to be worth around €6 million, dies come as something of a surprise. Antunes only signed a new deal with Malaga on the 8th January, less than a month ago..

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.

Now however it seems that contract renewal has not prevented him from leaving the club, although West Ham will not be his destination.

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