West Ham United will have a huge fight on their hands to make Alex Song's move to East London permanent next summer, with Manchester City & Liverpool among the top Premier League clubs monitoring the Cameroon international's progress.
Song's return to the Premier League in a season-long loan switch has already proved to be a successful transfer coup for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who quite surprisingly won the race for the ex-Arsenal hero's signature.
West Ham would understandably love to sign Song when the current campaign concludes, but it's a transfer tussle that looks fraught with difficulties when you consider the calibre of clubs involved.
Performance against Man City was superb
The 27-year-old is a proven Premier League commodity and reminded everyone in England of his credentials last weekend, with a man-of-the-match performance in West Ham's 2-1 win over defending champions Man City.
Song's peripheral role at Barcelona was made a thing of the past by that commanding performance, with the powerful midfielder on record as stating he now sees his long-term future in the Premier League.
Wenger snub remains surprising
The Mail on Sunday believe both City and Liverpool will try and tempt Song not to stay a big fish in a smaller pond at West Ham next season, but a lack of interest from his former mentor Arsene Wenger remains something of a shock.
Wenger stuck with Song and brought him through the ranks at the Emirates, an imposing presence in Arsenal's midfield that has arguably still not been replaced.
Song is loving life back in London and continues to enjoy a honeymoon period at West Ham, but the fight to secure his services for next season and beyond remains finely poised.