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West Ham want permanent Alex Song deal

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West Ham co-chairman David Gold has expressed a desire to pursue a permanent deal for midfielder Alex Song, who is on loan with the east London club from Barcelona for the duration of this season.

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Surprise move

West Ham were able to perform a notable coup when they secured the acquisition of Song in the final days of the summer transfer window, and the Cameroon international has impressed in a much revamped Sam Allardyce side.

Song has made four appearances for his new club, in two of which he wore the captain’s armband in the absence of both Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble, and he has clearly marked himself out as a real asset to both the manager and the owners.

“Alex Song is an outstanding player and a great character I would love to sign him permanently,” Gold tweeted when asked about a potential long-term deal for Song.

Speculation

The former Arsenal player certainly accepted a significant step down the ladder when he moved from the Camp Nou to Chadwell Heath, and Song concedes some people thought he was ‘crazy’ to join West Ham.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had been linked with a £8 million move to bring Song to Old Trafford, while Arsene Wenger was urged by some to consider an approach to re-sign the player in order to ease his midfield issues.

But it was Allardyce who won out and Song has contributed to a start to the season that has seen West Ham lavished with praise for some of their performances, particularly the free-flowing defeat of Liverpool.

Song future

Song has yet to provide an indication that he would consider an extended say at the Boleyn Ground, it is early days of course, although he would appear to be thriving from the responsibility afforded to him thus far.

“I have been captain before at Arsenal but it was a privilege to wear the armband against QPR,” said Song.

“I know Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble have been captains this season but without them, the manager had to choose someone and it was good he showed the trust in me.

“I just wanted to return that faith and thank him for that responsibility.”

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