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Real Sociedad move to save Emenike

Struggling  LaLiga club Real Sociedad  have identified  Emmanuel Emenike  as a prime transfer target  in the  summer transfer window as the Basque side move  to solve their goal-scoring woes.

The Royals, who are placed 12th in the Spanish topflight , have  hit the back of the net  42 times so far this term, with club top scorer  Imanol Agirretxe (13 goals) and Jonathas (seven goals) scoring 20 goals between them.

With Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan  reportedly set to  bid for  their  27-year-old  former Arsenal attacker Carlos Vela in the summer, Sociedad manager, Eusebio Sacristan is said to be keen on signing Emenike, who is  going through a difficult loan  spell at West Ham.

The Hammers manager Bilic signed the   28-year-old striker   on  loan from Turkish outfit  Fenerbahce until the end of the season during the January transfer window, with  the  Premier League club   having  the option of making the deal permanent.

But the former Nigeria striker has yet to repay  Bilic’s faith  since his arrival at Upton Park – after scoring just two goals in 13 appearances  for the European football chasing  London club.

The two goals came  in the same game against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup at Ewood Park on February 21.

Former Croatia manager Bilic appears to have made a U-turn on Emenike’s permanent stay at the club after he denied a clause in   the  former Spartak Moscow’s  striker’s contract  forcing the  Hammers  to sign him  for €11m  if he makes 10 Premier League appearances.

Now, all the signs are pointing to a permanent Hammers departure for  the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations  winner this summer.

However, reports say Sociedad boss Sacristan wants  the well-travelled forward at  Anoeta Stadium, hoping to save the former Spartak Moscow player’s career.

According to Espiritu Deportivo on Thursday,  the Basque side are looking into the possibility of signing Emenike  on the cheap – as they worry about the future of some of their star players.

But HITC reports Sociedadwill face stiff competition from clubs in the Middle East and China.

Abu Dhabi outfit  Al Ain  were forced to end Emenike’s loan  deal before the  January   transfer window after the player, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scored just seven goals for them in  the  Arabian Gulf League.

Via Punch

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