21 Feb 2013

'It would be amazing' - €12m striker admits he wants LFC move. Bid...?

In recent weeks, Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Spartak Moscow striker Emanuel Eminike, but is there any truth to the rumour? In his pre-Zenit press conference yesterday, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers directly addressed the speculation.

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool and Arsenal sent scouts to watch Eminike perform in the African Cup of Nations, where the 25-year old grabbed four goals.

When asked by Reporters quizzed Eminike about interest from the Reds and the Gunners, Eminike enthused:

"A club like Liverpool makes people dream. You hear about the Kop and you want to score goals at that end. It would be amazing. To be linked with the Premier League is a dream come true. I would love to play there in my career."

It doesn't look like Liverpool are actually interested though. In response to questions yesterday about whether Reds are planning a bid for the €12m-rated striker, Rodgers told Reporters:

"No, that’s not something I believe to be true"

That'a strange way to put it: it's not something he 'believes' to be true? Surely Rodgers would categorically know whether it's true or not? It seems to suggest that Liverpool's manager may not have 100% control over the players scouted by the club.

Last week, Bynamo Kiev striker Brown Ideye - who plays alongside Emenike for Nigeria - outlined the €12m-rated striker's qualities on the field. He told Naij:

"Emenike is strong and it's rare to find a partner who understands the way you want a pass to come. He knows when to slow down the ball and keep it. A selfish partner can be frustrating but with him, you only need to be at the right place to get the right pass."

In July 2011, whilst at Fenerbahce, Police arrested the striker on suspicion of match-fixing, but Turkish Courts didn't move ahead with the allegations due to lack of evidence. Five months later, Emenike - along with thirteen other players - was actually officially charged with match-fixing, and if convicted, he faces three years in prison.

After being accused of match-fixing, Eminike left Fenerbahce without having played a single game, and upon joining Spartak in a €10m deal, he said:

"I left Turkey because there wasn't anything going on in my life here. They said stuff about my age, the police took me and put me in a cell for four days. People were just trying to destroy my career."

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1 comment:

  1. I honestly believe this guy is unbelievable I'd love to see him as part of a front three. He would add pace and strength which we still have a shortage of despite the addition of sturridge and he is very skillful, I believe he is a future top class striker.