Liverpool are reportedly keen to rival the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the singing of former Premier League ace Alex Song, according to the Daily Express.
Song left the Gunners for Catalan giants Barcelona in 2012 for £15 million, but the Cameroon international has failed to gain a regular spot in the starting XI due to stiff competition from Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano, having made just 32 appearances.
With Song now not required at the Nou Camp it seems that a host of clubs could compete for the 26-year-old's signature, with Liverpool, QPR and United amongst the frontrunners.
Nonetheless, it could be Liverpool who are leading the race as United's main priority is penning a deal with Arturo Vidal from Juventus and it is unlikely Song would want to join the newly-promoted QPR.
Suited for Liverpool
If Song did sign for Liverpool, he would play a vital part in the squad. With the Reds now competing in the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers needs twice as much man power, and players with European football experience. The African midfielder certainly meets those requirements, as he aided Arsenal to the Champions League final in the 2006 season.
He also adds depth to the midfield which is what is needed at Anfield. Song can play either the defensive midfield or the box-to-box role. This versatility is something that Liverpool seriously need. In pre-season Rodgers' side missed an engine in the centre, someone who can grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
The ideal candidate
We saw Song do this at his time at Arsenal, were he controlled games by going forward and helping the defence out. He scores goals and puts in last ditch tackles in equal measures.
However, the Reds must not splash out too much on Song. They already have signed Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen for £10 million, and he plays a similar role.
A fee in the same region of Can would be acceptable, but one has to remember how little first-team football Song has featured in over the last two seasons and wonder whether or not he would be at the same level he was when playing for Arsenal.