Emmanuel Emenike wasn't seeking January transfer, but always wanted England move

Emmanuel Emenike has opened up on his move to West Ham.

West Ham United new boy Emmanuel Emenike has told Nigerian newspaper The Nation that he didn't actually want to leave Al Ain in January.

Emenike, 28, joined West Ham last month, penning a loan deal until the end of the season in a bid to ease West Ham's striking woes.

Manager Slaven Bilic had a host of injuries at the time, and whilst Andy Carroll is back from injury, the sale of Mauro Zarate to Fiorentina meant that a new forward was needed, and Bilic finally gets to work with Emenike.

Bilic came up against Emenike when the pair were as Besiktas and Fenerbahce respectively, and even faced each other before that, when Bilic was managing Lokomotiv Moscow and Emenike turned out for Spartak Moscow.

After so long against each other, the pair are now on the same side at Upton Park - but Emenike has now opened up on his move to East London.

The Nigerian international has told The Nation that he didn't really want to leave Al Ain - the club he was on loan with for the first half of the season - but always wanted a move to the Premier League.

Emenike also opened up on his relationship with Bilic, stating that the Hammers boss had always wanted to sign him, and was considering offers from elsewhere before joining West Ham.

"My transfer to West Ham came at the right time. It is like a blessing," said Emenike. "I did not want to leave Al Ain but I think God ordained the move, it happened so fast and coming to the English Premiership is something I have always wanted."

"It is a new league with new challenges. West Ham was not in the picture at first. I had several offers from Asia and some European clubs that I was considering before the West Ham offer came. This is coupled with the fact that they have a coach who I admire, Slaven Bilic. He had always wanted me to play for him. However, sincerely, I do not know what he sees but I am relying on God to lead me and let me justify the confidence. I know it will be easy for me to work with him because we have been in two countries together and he must have seen something in me," he added.

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