Onazi, Emenike linked with EPL move


The Nigerian duo of Ogenyi Onazi and Emmanuel Emenike have been linked with a transfer move to the English Premier League.

While Emenike is supposedly wanted by London side, West Ham, it is Welsh outfit, Swansea, that are understood to be interested in the services of Onazi who currently is the vice captain for the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles.

As reported in several English tabloid, including the UK Daily Mail, Emenike, just fresh from a loan spell in the Middle East where he starred for Dubai-based club Al Ain, is seen as surplus to requirement at his parent club, Fenerbahce, hence the need to find another club before the January window winds down.

Already, West Ham co-owner, David Sullivan, has confirmed that the club are in talks with a new striker but he was coy on the identity of the transfer target.

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

“If I told you, you wouldn’t believe it. I can’t tell you which league because then you’ll know exactly who it is. We are signing from a very strange league. But he has played in higher leagues,” the West Ham top act declared.

Indeed, the Hammers are in dire need of reinforcements with the injury plague the club is going through.

For Onazi, transfer reports emanating from Italy suggests that the new coach at Swansea City, Francesco Guidolin, is a big fan of the Super Eagles vice captain due to his first hand knowledge of the midfielder during his time in charge of Udinese.

As stated in Wales Online news portal, Swansea are preparing a five million Euro bid, but may have to increase their offer to as much as seven million if they are to convince the Rome-based club to sell.

Aside the interest from Swansea, Onazi is also reported to be catching the fancy of some clubs in the Bundesliga where clubs like Werder Bremen are interested in his signature.

If the two deals pass through, they could be among the biggest transfer moves by Nigerian players in the January transfer window.

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