Report: West Ham United are sweating over work permit for Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike

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The Nigerian international retired from national team duties last year.

West Ham United are hoping to tie up the deal for Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike by the end of today.

The talented Nigerian forward has become the club's main transfer target this month to strengthen the club's attacking options.

A report in Turkey this morning is suggesting that the deal is as good as done, with just one detail standing in the way.

Turkiye Gazetesi is reporting that representatives of West Ham, Fenerhahce and Al Ain, where he had been on loan for the first part of the season, came to an agreement over fees yesterday afternoon. The same report stated that Emenike had passed his medical examination and had signed on the dotted line regarding the move.

However he is waiting on the potential award of a work permit, which will hopefully be ratified today.

Emenike has 37 caps for the Super Eagles but retired from international football in October last year. He played just three times for Nigeria in 2015 and this may be a factor in his application for a work permit to play in the UK.

Hopefully however his proven talent in European football will help him overcome this issue but it might be something for Hammers fans to worry about.

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