West Ham United are eyeing Malaga left-back Vitorino Antunes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Vitorino Antunes (right) battles with Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze in the 2012/13 Champions League. Picture: Action Images Vitorino Antunes (right) battles with Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze in the 2012/13 Champions League. Picture: Action Images

West Ham United are keen on signing Malaga left-back Vitorino Antunes, according to the Daily Mail.

Antunes, 27, joined current club Malaga on loan from Pacos Ferreira last year before making the move permanent.

The former Roma full back made his full debut for Portugal in 2007 against Kuwait and has won a total of eight caps to date.

Born in Freamunde in Portgual, Antunes started his professional career with his local club before moving to Roma - via Pacos Ferreira - in 2007, initially on loan and then permanently.

The 5ft9in defender made just six appearances for Roma in four years before returning to Pacos Ferreira via loan stints with Lecce, Leixoes, Livorno and Panionios.

Loaned to Malaga to replace Arsenal-bound Nacho Monreal in January 2013, the move was made permanent in the summer for a fee of €1.25m.

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