West Ham plot Emenike loan move

Emmanuel Emenike

West Ham United are confident of completing a loan deal for former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Emenike, to ease the club’s striker crisis.

Hammers manager, Slaven Bilic, has been hit by injuries to Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll, leaving him with Nikica Jelavic as his only out-and-out senior striker.

Jelavic has a lucrative offer from China and West Ham had been preparing to let the Croatian go, but now need to bring cover in.

According to the Telegraph, the 28-year-old Nigerian is being considered by Bilic as a cut-price solution to his attacking dilemma.

Emenike has been on loan at Al Ain from Turkish club Fenerbahce and scored nine goals in 15 games for the Abu Dhabi team before the temporary deal ended this month.

West Ham have already achieved success in taking a player from Abu Dhabi, having signed midfielder Manuel Lanzini from Al Jazira in the summer.

Emenike played 37 times for Nigeria, scoring nine goals.

He has also played club football for Spartak Moscow.