West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told Turkish newspaper Fanatik that there is no obligatory purchase clause in Emmanuel Emenike's contract.
The Hammers have suffered a number of striking injuries this season, with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia all missing considerable playing time this term.
As a result, manager Bilic moved to sign striker Emenike on loan from Fenerbahce during the January transfer window, with the Nigerian staying at Upton Park until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has crossed paths with Bilic before having played for Spartak Moscow and Fenerbahce whilst Bilic managed Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, before finally linking up together in East London.
So far, the powerful forward has failed to score in six Premier League appearances, but has made two FA Cup starts and bagged two goals against Blackburn Rovers in a 5-1 win at Ewood Park.
Questions over Emenike's long-term future with the club remain, but a recent report from Bursada Bugun in Turkey suggested that West Ham were contractually obliged to sign Emenike for £8.5m if he made ten Premier League appearances.
Now, manager Bilic has been asked whether that is the case, but told Fanatik that such a clause doesn't exist, and whilst he thinks Emenike is a good player, West Ham will hold talks with Fenerbahce at the end of the season about a possible deal - particularly interesting considering that co-chairman David Sullivan told the club's official website that there is an option to buy the striker this summer.
"I took a risk signing Emenike," said Bilic. "You have the chance to experience risk when you transfer each player. Emenike is a good player for me; very powerful, professional and works very hard. You saw the Chelsea match, after entering the game, Azpilicueta had a hard time containing him."
"Such a thing is absolutely not the case, there is no such obligation. Everything will become clear at the end of the season. We will hold talks with Emenike and Fenerbahce at the end of the season, but it is too early to say if he will stay or not. It also depends on the money being asked for by Fenerbahce," he added.
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