Liverpool want Alex Song on loan

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Liverpool are hoping to beat Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham to the services of Alex Song, and hope to take the Barcelona midfielder on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £10 million transfer next summer.

The London Metro cites a report in Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, which suggests the Cameroon international has been lined up as the Reds tenth transfer window addition.

Barcelona are eager to get rid of Song permanently, but Brendan Rodgers would prefer a temporary transfer to Anfield with the option to buy at the end of 2014/15 based on how the player performs.

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The former Arsenal man had has seen his reputation nosedive following two disappointing seasons at Camp Nou, and new manager Luis Enrique has made clear that the 26-year-old does not form part of his first-team plans moving forward.

Widespread interest

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was previously keen to bring the midfield enforcer to Old Trafford, but those Red Devils links appear to have gone cold in the closing stages of the transfer window.

Mauricio Pochettino has also been mooted as an admirer of the ex-Gunner, as his search for reinforcements at White Hart Lane continues right up until the September 1 deadline.

It's not clear whether Spurs fans would welcome the Barcelona outcast given his former ties to north London rivals Arsenal, but his reported availability at such a knockdown price shouldn't really be sniffed at.

Arsenal return?

Arsene Wenger is believed to have approached Song about a possible return to the Emirates Stadium too, but Liverpool are now the favourites to secure the Barcelona man's signature.

Interest in Song isn't exclusive to the Premier League though, with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille joining Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool on the growing list of suitors.

The midfielder would probably favour a return to England though, having excelled during seven successful years in the country's capital. However, his availability has been common knowledge for a number of weeks now, so Song might have to take whatever offer presents itself if he is to negotiate a transfer in the remaining days of the window.

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