Alex Song is aiming to use this campaign to earn himself a move to either Liverpool or Manchester City, as he sees his future away from Barcelona.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who include an interesting piece of speculation in their transfer roundup that details Song’s plan to end up with one of the Premier League’s biggest sides. Having impressed earlier on this campaign since joining West Ham on loan, the ex-Arsenal man has become a mooted target for a number of clubs, but it’s in England where he apparently sees his future.
The Cameroon international, who is now a key part of Sam Allardyce’s squad at the Boleyn Ground, is supposedly aiming to get himself a move to a bigger Premier League side, with both Liverpool and City on his radar. Having plied his trade at the Emirates Stadium and then the Nou Camp he’s a player of fairly distinguished pedigree, and more than one eyebrow was raised when he ended up at West Ham.
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His performances there though have far from highlighted a fallen player who is past his best. In contrast they’ve served to indicate that the 27-year-old has plenty left to give at the highest level, and with his experience he’d be a useful addition to most teams aiming to get into Europe.
That means that Liverpool might be wise to give him the move he seeks, particularly since their midfield is going to see a major change to its shape with the departure of Steven Gerrard. Though the ex-England skipper hasn’t been so much of an influential figure on the pitch this term he is still a massive character, and the team will undoubtedly feel his loss when he moves to the MLS.
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In that respect Song could be a timely purchase, adding both steel and an impressive CV to Brendan Rodgers’ midfield. At both Arsenal and Barcelona he would have been charged with not just winning the ball but also playing it forward smartly, thus no reservations should be harboured over his link-up play.
His wages might be a sticking point at Anfield, but that certainly won’t be a problem should Manuel Pellegrini show interest in him. Although the Citizens are getting ready to find a replacement for Yaya Toure they wouldn’t necessarily promise Song nearly as much game-time as Liverpool could, though the opportunity is there if they decide they want another defensive midfielder.
Liverpool and Manchester City fans, would you welcome Song into your fold? Let us know in the comments box below...