West Ham are closing in on a loan move for Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike, as reported by MailOnline.

The news was exclusively revealed by the ever-reliable @ExWHUemployee on Tuesday evening and it is now being widely reported that a deal could be completed as early as Friday.

Emenike, 28, is currently on loan at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi but it is believed that is close to being cut short so he can secure a move to the Premier League this month.

According to @ExWHUemployee, Emenike’s agent was in London in to meet with David Sullivan this week as they attempt to thrash out a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer.

David Sullivan revealed yesterday that the club are in the market for a 20-goal-a-season striker, and admitted talks were happening over a loan deal with a view to buy.

He exclusively told Sky Sports: “We are looking long-term for a 20-goal-a-season striker.

“There’s a possibility that a striker will come in on loan in the next seven days, with an option to buy.”

And it appears the striker Sullivan was referring to could be Emenike, who has scored 80 career goals in 183 club appearances.

The link certainly makes sense given Slaven Bilic’s knowledge of the Turkish league, following his time as manager of Besiktas.

Emenike scored 16 goals in 55 league outings for Fenerbahce before being loaned to Al Ain.

The 28-year-old has also played for MP Black Aces, Cape Town, Karabukspor and Spartak Moscow.

The former Nigerian international, who retired from international football in October last year, is valued at £7m by

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  1. Emenike is very impressive, and should be in the ‘short-list’ of possible signings.
    Close analysis shows he has the ability to strike with either foot, hit the ball with tremendous power, and is a very good header of the ball; add to this, he is lightning fast, and very hard to shake off the ball. However, like Mario Balotelli, he can be a bit reactive, but could be the guy we need.

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