Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has joined English Premier League side ,West Ham United, on loan until the end of the season.
The Hammers announced the signing of Emenike on loan late Sunday night, adding that they have the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
Emenike, who played 37 times for Nigeria before abruptly quitting the national team, has scored regularly throughout his club career, netting more than 80 club goals, including seven this season during a loan spell at Arabian Gulf League side, Al-Ain, in the United Arab Emirates.
The power-built striker came through a successful medical at Spire Roding Hospital on Friday and, after putting pen to paper at the Boleyn Ground, described his joy at the prospect of linking up with Slaven Bilic, a manager he has known for some time.
“I’m very, very happy and very, very excited that I’m here,” Emenike told West Ham TV.
“I have always known West Ham as a great Club. I’ve always been watching them. West Ham’s a great Club and I’m happy to be here.
“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’ve known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him.
“We’ve followed each other’s careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together.”
Another Nigerian, Victor Moses, is on a season-long loan at West Ham