Bilic claims West Ham haven't agreed Emenike's transfer, admits Yilmaz interest

Slaven Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has given an update on the club's pursuit for a striker.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Guardian that there is currently no agreement for Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike - and admitted his interest in Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz.

The Hammers have seen strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho go down with injuries recently, meaning manager Bilic has few options in attack right now.

Many supporters want to see the Hammers bring in a new striker before next week's transfer deadline, and former Besiktas boss Bilic could look to Turkey for solutions.

Fenerbahce-owned Emmanuel Emenike, who is currently on loan at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, will certainly be familiar to Bilic. The Nigerian international played for Spartak Moscow and Fenerbahce whilst Bilic was managing Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas respectively, making him a potential target.

Another player who has been prolific in Turkey over the years is Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz, as the 30-year-old has smashed 81 goals in 140 games for the Super Lig giants.

Now, Bilic has admitted that he would like to sign Emenike to solve his striking problems, but there is so far no agreement with Fenerbahce, partly because of the complications involving the loan deal with Al Ain, and partly because Fenerbahce may want to bring in another striker before letting him go permanently.

Bilic also told The Guardian that he does have an interest in signing Yilmaz, but he isn't the only player on West Ham's list of striking targets.

"There is no clear agreement about Emenike," said Bilic. "He is an important player but Fenerbahce may need another striker first, so it’s by no means certain that they will release him.”

"Yilmaz is a very good footballer. He’s an excellent striker and among the fittest of players. I know him very well and I admit that he is one of the names on our list. But he is not the only player on our list. If we decide to take one striker, then we can take action," he added.

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