Report: West Ham to sign Emenike on loan deal; will target Wilfried Bony in the summer

West Ham are pushing ahead with their striker search.

The Hammers are confident a deal can be struck with Emmanuel Emenike this month, the Telegraph reports.

The East London club are not ready to move for a permanent signing this month, and are instead pushing ahead with a loan deal for Emenike to cover for their injury crisis.

They are confident a deal can be struck with the Nigerian forward, who has been on loan with Al-Ain for the first-half of the season. He is permanently contracted to Fenerbahce of Turkey, and the Hammers are close to agreeing a deal with them now that Emenike has returned to the side following the end of his other loan.

Slaven Bilic wants to bring in a forward to cover for the injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, with the report claiming Nikica Jelavic - the only fit striker currently - could be heading to China.

Emenike, 28, will bring a proven goal record to the Hammers, and the ability to play upfront by himself, which will prove vital in Bilic’s system.

However, Emenike is not a long-term solution, and the report claims the Hammers will look at signing Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony in the summer.

They will not bring Emenike in permanently, but Bony is the top of their list for striker targets in the summer transfer window.

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