Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Emenike is on his way to the English Premier League as he has signed for top English club West Ham FC on loan from Fenerbahce till the end of the season. Emenike plays for Turkish side, Fenerbahce but is currently on loan for the last six months at United Arab Emirates’ Qatari club Al Ain.
The footballer who retired from the Super Eagles last year 2015, agreed to join the club in the late hours of Sunday, 31st of January, barely 24hours till the end of the transfer window.
West Ham are keen to recruit a striker in the transfer market, and are understood to have made Nigerian international their priority as Slaven Bilic searched for a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll and have already agreed personal terms with him, while scouting Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray.
“I’m very happy and very excited that I’m here,” 28-year-old Emenike told the club’s official website. I have always known West Ham as a great club. I have known [manager Slaven] Bilic for years and thank God we are here together.” he said.
Emenike, who has scored nine goals in 37 international appearances for Nigeria, is the club’s second signing of the January transfer window.
West Ham had on Tuesday held talks with officials from Fenerbahce, in an attempt to seal the loan signing of the Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike.
Fenerbahce however proved reluctant to sanction the move, because Al Ain would have loved to retain Emenike’s services given he has scored seven goals in just 11 league matches so far this season.
It is understood West Ham asked for confirmation to go ahead with the signing, with the club willing to switch their attentions to Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz instead.
West Ham United manager said; “There is no clear agreement about Emenike,”
“He is an important player but Fenerbahce may need another striker first, so it’s by no means certain that they will release him.”
Yilmaz, 30, who has nine goals in 15 appearances for the Turkish champions this season, would also arrive on loan until the end of the season with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
“Yilmaz is a very good footballer,” said Bilic. “He’s an excellent striker and among the fittest of players. I know him very well and I admit that he is one of the names on our list.
“But he is not the only player on our list. If we decide to take one striker, then we can take action,” said Bilic on Monday.