Slaven Bilic admits Emenike's West Ham move is complicated after failed swap deal

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic says the deal for Emmanuel Emenike is alive, but complicated.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told The Mirror that the deal to sign Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike is a complicated one.

The Hammers have seen Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho both go down with injuries recently, meaning manager Bilic has had a real lack of striking options.

After landing Leeds United right back Sam Byram earlier in the transfer window, West Ham have now seemingly turned their attention to signing a new forward.

Reports from Turkish newspaper Fanatik suggested on Wednesday that the Hammers were close to signing Fenerbahce hitman Emmanuel Emenike, who has been out on loan in the United Arab Emirates with Al Ain so far this season.

The 28-year-old Nigerian international is formerly of Spartak Moscow and is currently on the books with Fenerbahce, meaning he faced West Ham boss Bilic during his time in charge of rivals Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas.

With a move seemingly on the cards for the powerful, pacey striker, Bilic has told The Mirror that the deal is complicated, because they had initially proposed a swap deal with Al Ain, but Fenerbahce's involvement scuppered that move.

Bilic admitted that the deal is alive, but he is waiting for the deal to get over the line after a tricky few days in his pursuit of Emenike.

"We are still waiting," said Bilic. "It's a complicated situation because he is a Fenerbahce player but he was on loan at Al-Ain. We spoke with Al-Ain and thought we could do a straight swap with them but Fenerbahce had to be involved. Now we are waiting to see if it is going to be today, tomorrow or not."

"Al Ain called me and basically we thought we could do a straight swap with them, but now we are talking to Fenerbahce, and we will see what happens. So at one moment it didn't look good, but in last couple of days the deal is looks pretty much alive. In the beginning it looked easy. Then one moment it didn't look very good," he added.

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