West Ham six games from securing £8.5m star signing

West Ham will have to take Emmanuel Emenike on a permanent basis for a fee of £8.5m if he plays another six Premier League matches for them, according to reports from Bursada Bugun.

The Nigerian joined the Hammers on loan from Fenerbahce during the winter window as Slaven Bilic moved to ease the striker crisis at Upton Park, brought about by injuries to the likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll this season.

Emenike has since played five times for the club, netting twice in the 5-1 FA Cup win at Blackburn, and reports claim that if he continues to be a part of the Londoners’ first-team plans, the club will be obliged to sign him permanently.

It’s understood that a clause was inserted into the deal between West Ham and Fenerbahce stipulating that after 10 league matches for the Irons a fee of £8.5m must be paid for the 28-year-old’s services on a permanent basis.

Emenike’s long-term suitability to English football remains unknown – after all, two of his four league outings have been as a substitute – but his powerful frame and impressive goal record to date through his career suggest that he could be a wise signing.

The African marksman started this season on loan at Middle Eastern outfit Al-Ain, but that deal was cancelled so he could join West Ham.