West Ham have confirmed the signing of the Nigeria centre-forward Emmanuel Emenike from Fenerbahce on loan for the rest of the season.
The 28-year-old hopes to have an instant impact for Slaven Bilic’s squad, having known the manager from his spells coaching in Russia and Turkey.
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“I have always known West Ham as a great club. I have always been watching them. West Ham’s a great club and I am very, very happy and very, very excited that I am here,” Emenike told West Ham TV.
“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 have known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him.
“We have followed each other’s careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together.”
Emenike added: “The Premier League is the best in the world. It is everyone’s dream to come and play here. I am excited to be here.
“But it is not always just about the player. It is teamwork and it is all about us as a team. I am here to play with the team and work with the team.”
Emenike, capped 37 times by Nigeria, spent part of this season on loan at the Arabian Gulf League side Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.
The Hammers have the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer and the forward will provide options for Bilic with Andy Carroll sidelined again by injury.