Premier League side West Ham are scheduled to hold talks with officials from Fenerbahce later on Tuesday as they attempt to seal the loan signing of ex-Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike, the Guardian reports.
Emenike is currently on a one-year loan at Qatari club Al Ain from Fenerbahce and has more than two years of his contract remaining.
West Ham are understood to have made Emenike their priority as Slaven Bilic searches for a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll and have already agreed personal terms with him.
However, Fenerbahce have so far proved reluctant to sanction the move, although Emenike reportedly fell out with Al Ain despite having scored seven goals in just 11 league matches so far this season.
It is understood West Ham will ask for confirmation that the deal can go ahead at the meeting on Tuesday evening, with the club willing to switch their attentions to Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz instead.
“There is no clear agreement about Emenike,” said Bilic on Monday.
“He is an important player but Fenerbahce may need another striker first, so it’s by no means certain that they will release him.”
Yilmaz, 30, who has nine goals in 15 appearances for the Turkish champions this season, would also arrive on loan until the end of the season with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
“Yilmaz is a very good footballer,” said Bilic. “He’s an excellent striker and among the fittest of players. I know him very well and I admit that he is one of the names on our list.
“But he is not the only player on our list. If we decide to take one striker, then we can take action.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN