Not for the first time in his career, Emmanuel Emenike appears to be on his way out of Fenerbahce. But with the transfer window closing around much of Europe and recently-rumored interest from the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow and Hull City apparently not working out, the rumor mill needs some new targets for the Nigerian forward.
The Turkish media has obliged with the suggestion that Emenike's representatives are in talks with "3-4" MLS teams. The Nigerian blogosphere meanwhile is circulating a story that insists that the New York Red Bulls are the only club mentioned by name in the Turkish reports.
Once A Metro is not even Once A Metro's first choice for trawling Turkish news outlets, so perhaps no surprise that OaM can't find the RBNY reference in the many iterations of the Emenike-to-MLS rumor currently at large in Turkey.
Even if it were visible, it's hard to imagine it would be any more credible. It isn't too difficult to believe Emenike is interesting to a few teams in MLS. He is a still-effective goal scorer for Fenerbahce, but his reputation took a bit of a hit during a barren loan spell with West Ham last season. Conceivably, his need to leave Istanbul, the likely absence of truly top-notch suitors, and the reasonable evidence that he likely still has gas in the tank and a talent that might thrive in MLS - all might add up to a few inquiries from North America for the 29 year old.
But RBNY? The team's interest in a veteran forward is perhaps illustrated by the presence of Robbie Findley and Davide Somma in the current preseason squad. Emenike is younger and more accomplished than either of the Red Bulls' current trialists for the possibly-open job of backing-up Bradley Wright-Phillips on the roster.
But Emenike would likely be considerably more expensive than either of those players, and doesn't seem a plausible candidate for the Red Bulls' preferred no-stars selection policy. If he came to MLS, one would expect Emenike to be considered a front-line starter by any team that signed him - and one would expect him to expect the same.
For RBNY, he seems a little too old, too pricey, and too much of a candidate for star-player status to fit the club's current identity.
So for now, OaM isn't just struggling to find the source of the Emenike-to-RBNY rumor, but also any reason to believe in it.