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Former Black Aces Striker Joins West Ham

Premier League side West Ham have signed a former Mpumalanga Black Aces striker on loan until the end of the season.

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Emmanuel Emenike has signed from Turkish club Fenerbahce, and the Hammers have the option of making his stay in London permanent if he performs well.

The 28-year-old striker is delighted to be linking up with West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, with whom he has crossed paths many times before.

"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."

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Emenike has been capped 37 times for Nigeria and helped the Super Eagles win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.

He earned his first salary as a footballer in South Africa with Black Aces, with whom he reached the Nedbank Cup final in 2008. He also played for National First Division side FC Cape Town before making his name in Europe.

Do you think Emenike will be a hit in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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