Emenike speaks on West Ham loan move

By Richard Johnson
Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has revealed why he chose to go on a six-month loan at West Ham with an option to make the deal permanent after the club formally announced his capture.

“I’m very, very happy and very, very excited that I’m here,” Emenike told the club’s official website. I have always known West Ham as a great club. I’ve always been watching them. West Ham’s a great club and I’m happy to be here.”

He also had nice words to say about Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic who sanctioned the move for the former Nigerian international striker.

“I’ve known him [Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we’ve known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him. We’ve followed each other’s careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together.”

Emenike scored regularly for Karabukspor and Spartak Moscow before his move to Fener for a second time in mid-2013.

Two years earlier, he had joined the club but was sold due to a match-fixing scandal.

Emenike scored 12 league goals in his first season at Fenerbahce but struggled in 2014-15, leading to his loan moves.

A 37-time Nigeria international, Emenike has already spent time on loan at Al Ain this season, scoring nine goals in 15 games.

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