Emmanuel Emenike gives immediate reaction after joining West Ham, explains relationship with Bilic

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Fenerbahce's striker Emmanuel Emenike has signed for West Ham United.

West Ham have confirmed on their official website, as seen above, that striker Emmanuel Emenike has joined the club on loan from Fenerbahce.

The Hammers, who snapped up Leeds right back Sam Byram earlier in the transfer window, have now moved to improve their striking options with the arrival of Emenike.

The powerful, pacey forward has penned a loan deal until the end of the season, having been out on loan at Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates for the first half of the season.

The 28-year-old Nigerian international hit 17 goals in 66 games for Fenerbahce, and will now be looking to help a West Ham side who have lost strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho to injuries recently.

Emenike spoke to the West Ham official website after confirming his move earlier this evening, and spoke of his delight at getting his move to Upton Park.

Emenike also admitted that he has a long-standing history with Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, which stretches back years.

When Bilic was managing Lokomotiv Moscow, Emenike was turning out for their rivals Spartak Moscow, and when Bilic made his move to Turkey with Besiktas, Emenike followed, joining their rivals Fenerbahce in a bizarre twist of fate.

Now though, the duo get to work together - and Emenike is thankful that he finally gets to play under the Croatian at West Ham.

"I'm very, very happy and very, very excited that I'm here," said Emenike. "I have always known West Ham as a great club. I've always been watching them. West Ham's a great club and I'm happy to be here."

"I've known him [Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we've known each other for a long time. I'm happy to be here and happy to play for him. We've followed each other's careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together," he added.

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