The Nigerian decided he wanted to play in England instead.
West Ham United were heavily linked with moves for a heap of strikers in the January transfer window. Injuries and an an impending exit of Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic made a new attacker a crucial matter.
In the end they got their man, with Emmanuel Emenike making a move from Fenerbahce - after cancelling his loan with Al Ain.
But according to reports this morning he, much like Jelavic is about to, could have gone to China.
In fact - he still might.
Fanatik is reporting that Emenike could have become the highest paid African footballer in the world if he had made a move to an unnamed Chinese club in January.
However he preferred the challenge at West Ham and rejected a Chinese switch.
That does not mean he won't end up there. Emenike is reportedly still on the club's radar and will head to China in the summer if West Ham decide he is not worth signing on a permanent deal.
Chinese football is on the up at the moment, with the likes of Colombian international Jackson Martinez, Brazilian star Ramires and Turkish international Burak Yilmaz all recently making big money moves to the Far East.