Fenerbahce release statement over future of reported Tottenham target Emmanuel Emenike


Fenerbahce have denied reports that they would accept £10m for Tottenham target Emmanuel Emenike.

It's hardly a secret that Tottenham need to sign a striker.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino fortunately has Harry Kane to rely on now, but Roberto Soldado is still struggling in English football whilst Emmanuel Adebayor should leave this month.

A host of forwards have been linked with moves to White Hart Lane, including Burnley's Danny Ings, Southampton's Jay Rodriguez and West Brom's Saido Berahino.

Yet reports this week suggest that Spurs are pursuing a deal to sign Fenerbahce's Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike, with the player's agent talking up a possible move.

"Tottenham only really have one striker right now so it is not a surprise that they are interested," said Erdem Konya. "I personally have not entered talks with Tottenham yet, however, if Fenerbahçe give permission we could enter negotiations."

Reports in Turkey have been rife that Fenerbahce would accept an offer of €10m for the prolific centre forward, with newspaper Hurriyet convinced that a deal would be reached if Tottenham - or any other club - reached that asking price.

However, Fenerbahce have responded angrily to those claims, suggesting that what Hurriyet printed was 'false' and that there are no discussions over Emenike.

"Located in Hürriyet today, the news titled 'Offer €10m and we sell' is entirely a lie," said a statement on the official Fenerbahce website. "Emmanuel Emenike is a contracted player with this club until 2017. From Fenerbahçe Sports Club management, there is no work ongoing about the transfer of the said player."

"Readers, the Hürriyet newspaper circulated false news, and we ask the public not to believe this this news," it ended.

It may be a ploy to increase his price tag, but it's incredibly strange for Fenerbahce to release a statement based on speculation, and for them to react so angrily suggests that they really don't want to lose 27-year-old Emenike.

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