West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Mirror that he wants to sign Emmanuel Emenike - but the deal is not finalised just yet.
Much of the speculation surrounding West Ham this week has surrounded a new striker, as after signing Leeds full back Sam Byram, manager Bilic needs to boost his attacking options.
Top strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are both out injured right now, and with Mauro Zarate heading back to Italy with Fiorentina, a new striker is desperately needed at Upton Park.
The strongest link so far has been with Emmanuel Emenike, with the London Evening Standard reporting that the Nigerian international is poised to meet with co-chairman David Sullivan imminently to try and finalise a deal, with a move allegedly close if the Hammers can iron out terms with Fenerbahce.
The Fenerbahce-owned ace, 28, is currently on loan in the United Arab Emirates with Al Ain, but will certainly be familiar to boss Bilic, who managed against the forward during spells with Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, whilst Emenike starred for Spartak Moscow and Fenerbahce.
A physical, athletic forward with great pace as well as power, Emenike has hit nine goals in 15 games for Al Ain this season, and could be on the verge of a move to Upton Park if reports are to be believed.
Now, manager Bilic has been asked about the situation, and has told The Mirror that he is interested in signing Emenike - but revealed that the deal isn't done just yet.
"There is a new situation with a couple of our players, who might leave the club and if that happens then we are going to try to get one in - and Emenike is one of them (we’re looking at). But is not a done deal," said Bilic. "Of course he is a good player. He is one of the players we have been linked with and we will see," he added.
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