Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike has emerged as a likely option, given that he somehow managed five goals in 16 league games in an injury-ridden season in 2012/13. Indeed, in the new season, the Nigeria international has already played a super-sub role to bag two goals in as many games.
West Ham are looking towards Eastern Europe to bolster their options up front with Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike catching the Hammers’ eye according to Russian daily, Izvestia.
The London club have just two established forwards in their line-up at present – in Andy Carroll and Modibo Maiga – having released Carlton Cole at the end of the season.
And that has given enough cause for West Ham to contact Spartak in hopes of giving the 26-year-old a better platform to showcase his talents. Nigeria’s Osaze Odemwingie was once linked with the London Club but they have since chosen to move on without him.
It is understood that West Ham are preparing a formal offer for Emenike, whose contract at Spartak lasts until 2016. By Monday, no specific amount was mentioned in the Hammers plan.
But while the move could bolster the Hammers in their pursuit of their English Premier League ambitions, former Spartak midfielder Valery Kechinov believes the move would leave his old club with many problems, even if he does admit the Premier League would be better for Emenike personally.
“Emmanuel Emenike is unquestionably the leader in attack,” Kechinov told Izvestia.
“The rest of the attacking line is noticeably inferior to the Nigerian. The English game is above that of the Russian level, and there are more opportunities for the development of any player.
“However, (Spartak) should not sell Emenike. He is in good shape and brings real benefits for the club. His departure could have a negative impact on the team.”
Emenike’s talents were on full display earlier this year when he emerged as the leading scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations with four goals, helping Nigeria to the title in the process. But since that competition that ended in February Emenike is yet to feature for Nigeria. He missed the final game against Burkina Faso on the account of injury and missed several 2014 World Cup qualifying games and the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. He is billed to return to the Super Eagles line up in September against Malawi in a Brazil 2014 qualifying match.