Five Facts on Arsenal and Tottenham £15m target Emmanuel Emenike

Nigeria International

Jack Beresford brings you the lowdown on the Nigerian striker being linked with a move the Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.

Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike may not be that familiar a name to anyone who didn’t watch Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil, but the Super Eagles striker could soon be the key to who holds bragging rights between Arsenal and Tottenham.

The north London pair are reportedly all set to lock horns over the striker, with both clubs keen on bringing him the capital and Arsenal seemingly scouting the 27-year-old ahead of a potential £15 million January move, we offer up five facts on the future Premier League hotshot.

1. The striker started his career at Nigerian side Delta Force FC, but it was with Turkish side Karabukspor where he first caught the attention of the football world after scoring 30 goals in 50 games for the club from 2009 to 2011. A €9 million move to Fenerbahce came the following season.

2. Like many Nigerian footballers, Emenike has faced questions regarding his age, with one Turkish newspaper claiming during his time at Karabukspor that the striker was in fact 31 rather than 24 as he claimed to be on his passport. The striker took offence to such claims, suing the paper for unlimited damages.

"This vicious accusation will not go unpunished," Emenike told BBC Sport at the time. "I feel very bad about this situation and so does my agent and the president of my club.

"This is the same country where a journalist wrote that I came to Turkey on a boat, while another incredulously said I was starving - this time around they have gone too far."

3. Emenike’s initial spell in Istanbul was troubled to say the least, with the Nigerian arrested amid allegations of match-fixing just two months after arriving at Fenerbahce. He was ultimately released after police were unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing but soon found himself transfer-listed by the club.

After moving to Spartak Moscow for €10 million, Emenike was once again arrested amid charges related to match-fixing from his time in Turkey though the case once again collapsed in 2013 due to a lack of evidence. He eventually moved back to Fenerbahce, after establishing his innocence, in August of that year for €13 million.

4. Emenike was joint top scorer at the 2013 African Cup of Nations alongside Ghana midfielder and current Celtic loanee Wakaso Mubarak. The 27-year-old forward scored four goals to help Nigeria win the tournament, though he missed the final through injury. He was subsequently named in the team of the tournament.

The Fenerbahce forward also played a pivotal role in helping the Super Eagles get to the World Cup in Brazil, scoring a brace in the first leg of their playoff against Ethiopia to give Nigeria a 2-1 lead going into the return fixture.

5. Emenike has clashed with national team coach Stephen Keshi since the World Cup, after the Super Eagles boss labelled the 27-year-old as a troublemaker. "There are certain things you'd not expect from your coach," Emenike told BBC Sport earlier this month.

"If there's any problem, as a player you only want to find out directly from him and not in the media, it's something he taught us ... I feel honoured playing for Nigeria and I respect the coach like my own father. I give my all to the team because we are like one big family any time we all come together.

"But for him to say I am creating a problem in the team and my teammates are unhappy with me is sad and unacceptable."

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