West Ham United will secure the services of former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona on a three-year contract if the player can pass a medical. The 27-year-old is currently nursing an ankle injury.
David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner, tells the KUMB Podcast:
We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical. If the medical is OK, we’ll take him. He couldn’t physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it’s just a technical thing and he’s only a couple of weeks away you’d take that gamble and hope they’re right. He’s still got two years left on his Barcelona contract and you’re signing a player on a three-year contract, so it’s a huge commitment.
Why go back for Song, the player who said when he joined Barcelona “‘I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave”?
On his pre-Chistmas form he was possibly the best player we’ve ever signed. But after Christmas he was just another player. Maybe there’s reasons for that and maybe we’ll see the true Alex Song and maybe he’ll make a huge contribution this year.
We’re quite short in that department actually, if we get an injury or two there’s not much. So we’d like another senior pro in that position.
He’s a squad member, then.