Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike could find himself the subject of some interest from several Premier League clubs this January after Nigeria failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
The tournament is being held in Equatorial Guinea this January and traditionally sees several big name African stars from the Premier League miss several games as a result.
It also usually prohibits a number of African stars moving from one club to another during the January window, but that is no longer a concern for Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the competition.
A 2-2 draw with South Africa was not enough to secure the holders' passage to the finals, with Congo claiming second spot in the group after a 1-0 win over Sudan.
Nigeria’s failure to qualify means the likes of John Obi Mikel, Sone Aluko and Victor Moses will no longer be unavailable for their respective Premier League employers.
However it could mean a whole lot more to Emenike, with the £15 million-rated striker linked to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham over the summer and now available to move during the January transfer window.
A mid-season move would have most likely been out of the question due to his Super Eagles commitments but that situation has now changed, meaning Arsenal, Tottenham or another prospective Premier League employer could take advantage.
Arsenal are thought to be on the lookout for goalscoring reinforcements, with Lukas Podolski rumoured to be considering leaving the Emirates in January.
But it’s Tottenham who look the more desperate, as Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have underwhelmed so far this season and the club are desperately lacking alternatives.
And with Fenerbahce not involved in Europe this term, the offer of not only playing regularly in the Premier League but also in a continental competition could be enough to convince Emenike to move, provided Tottenham, Arsenal or any other potential suitor can agree a fee with the Turkish giants.
A powerful striker capable of playing in a central or wide role, the 27-year-old could prove to be a hit in north London and the difference between a mid-table or top four finish.