Emenike ‘very excited’ about Hammers journey

It is difficult to wipe the smile off Nigeria forward Emmanuel Emenike's face following his move to West Ham United.

The 28-year-old has joined the English Premier League side on loan until the end of the season from Fenerbahce and he comes with a big reputation as he scored nine times in 15 games during his loan spell with Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

One of the main reasons why Emenike is looking forward to playing for West Ham is the fact that he has played for manager Slaven Bilic before.

"I'm very, very happy and very, very excited that I'm here," he 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."

Emenike started his career with Delta Force FC in Nigeria after which he had stints with Premier Soccer League outfits Mpumalanga Black Aces and FC Cape Town.

He then moved to Turkish Second Division club Karabukspor before going to Russia to join Spartak Moscow, where he played for two season before signing for Fenerbahce.