Emenike? £8m Lanzini really would have excited


lanziniWell he’s signed!

At last we can move on – let’s just hope he’s what we need because until now I haven’t met or heard from anyone who knows much about Emanuelle Emenike.

According to Jack Sullivan the loan deal to make him a Hammer – well for three months at least – is done and it’s now presumably in the hands of the Nigerian to show us he can land the gig full time.

The price being widely quoted for that is 8 million euros which by coincidence is the same as that for Manu Lanzini – so he’d better be a bit special especially as he is six years older with no sell on value.

Personally, I’m not sure he will get the game time he requires to do that with both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho  are now within days of a return to action. I hope he does because that’s the whole point in bringing him here I’m told.

Given that Manu has had to wait nearly an entire season and still hasn’t been been signed (although I have no doubt he will be) I have my doubts that the double E man will have the time to persuade anyone of his worth.

I found it hard to get excited about this deal from any other perspective than waving  an indifferent goodbye to Mr Jelavic who will now head off to the Orient to trouser a shed load of Chinese Yuan Renmin n Manu signs at the same price!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I am not so sure Hugh, the club are reportedly paying a £1m loan fee plus his wages at £45k a week if you believe the papers, perhaps Sean will have some more accurate figures ?Bearing in mind that Valencia is playing the best since he joined the club, Carroll and Sakho are nearly fit again and Jelly is likely to sign for a chinese club, I suspect he will get some chances and perhaps there is something that Bilic knows about him that will give us a different dimension up front or an enhanced option from the bench ? Hopefully we will get the chance to see him and hopefully he does gives us an edge that elevates us above our nearest competitors for the rest of the season and beyond. Welcome EE like (or unlike) the Telco hopefully you are operating on our wavelength, will be dialled in everytime you play for us and will always have your opponents number 😉

    • Can tell you the figures. £750k loan fee and £30 -£35k wages. This has all been driven by Jelavic’s poor form and EE was described to me a very high person as “fourth striker”
      They want to sign the Marseilles striker and will go to £25m if they have to cos of understanding with Payet. This lad is one they will look at and decide whether to go for him as permanent 4th striker . But if they take a punt it won’t be at £8m – the same price as Lanzni. This really isn’t any sort of big deal at all and that’s why I’m entirely unexcited by it. He’s an upgrade of Jelly and Cole . If it gets any better than that great but it’s not expected. Then with AC / Sakho back he’s unlikely to get the game to to achieve five never mind 10 🙂

      • WHU647580 says:

        But isn’t the key here that hes “an upgrade”?

        Jelavic has done okay when he’s appeared, can’t fault his effort. Also Sakho and Carroll staying fit, while I hope it happens anyone want to have a bet on it?

        As loan signings go, it’s fine.

      • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

        Cool, lets see what he can do then still works out slightly less expensive than Jelly by the sounds of it and he is new blood of a sort with a better goals for game record and more pace.

  • whambam says:

    Ok let’s give the boy a name ‘Em n Em’

  • canchaz says:

    Definitely a ‘wait and see’ deal this. Sakho will definitely be hungry and we know what he can do, so this guy will have to grab any start or sub appearance that comes his way and put in an outstanding performance

  • johnboy says:

    I’m trying to read between the lines here , if and that is an if , layers pal comes in for 25 mill ish , then he is not a bencher ? There’s carol ,sakho , Valencia and emme, that’s five strikers, all looking for regular starts ? , I might be wrong but 1 or 2 are going in the summer , the million dollar question is who ! Tough one to work this , I would love to have them all but I just can’t see it !

  • johnboy says:

    Layers = payet !!!

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