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Fulham Negotiate Swap Deal For World Cup Powerhouse

Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike is set to end his Fenerbahçe nightmare as the club are poised to swap him for Fulham's Greek flop Kostas Mitroglou.

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Emenike is desperate to leave the Turkish giants amidst boos and screams of disapproval from fans, followed by an attack on the team bus - a haunting experience for any player. To end all debate that he was flustered, he took his shirt off, storming off the pitch, only be to be talked back on by his coaching staff in late March. He is out of touch, out of form and looking for a new club to settle down at.

The other end of the deal involves Fulham's record signing, Kostas Mitroglou, who was bought in January 2014 for a mind-boggling £12m. The mammoth price makes his 0 goals for Fulham seem implausible, though it is the case as the Greek international spent the majority of his time on the sidelines. He is also keen to leave after his disaster at the Whites has left him worth less than half the price he was purchased for.

Fenerbahce currently has limited cash available to fulfill Fulham's requirement, but they have a valuable asset in Emenike, who is set to be the deal-maker. The 27-year-old impressed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for Nigeria, but has since gone off the pace, netting just 4 times in 22 appearances this season. Yet his strength and pace are attractive attributes in the Championship, in contrast to Mitroglou's low work-rate and 'Premier League character'.

Mitroglou has netted 16 times in 23 appearances for Olympiakos this season, after returning to his old club on a season long loan from the Whites. His form in the Greek league make him look a perfect fit for Fenerbahce, another reason why the Turks are looking to entice him away from the Cottage.

The deal looks plausible and sensible for both clubs, as they prepare to give both players a chance at a new club to end their disaster at their current side. As Fenerbahce look to continue their strive towards European football in the Turkish League, and Fulham try and salvage promotion next season, it is expected that neither club will hesitate over such an attractive deal.

NB: Neither manager has commented on the possibility of this deal going ahead, but both getwestlondon.co.uk and theguardian.com have provided articles with solid background evidence.