Alex Song will be allowed to leave Barcelona on loan

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Barcelona have made their midfield misfit Alex Song available for free in a season-long switch, alerting a string of Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

That is according to The Telegraph, who believe Song would favour a move back to the Premier League despite solid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray.

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Career in need of a lifeline

News of this is likely to interest the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in the closing weeks of the transfer window. 

Liverpool were said to be interested in a deal for the 26-year-old during the last transfer window and, with Champions League football on the horizon, may be tempted to revisit that line of enquiry before the transfer window slams shut.

Chance of a controversial Spurs switch

On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur may offer an alternative for the Cameroon star. They remain confident of signing long-term target Morgan Schneiderlin in the next fortnight but may turn to Song as a cut-price alternative should the move falls through. 

Song himself rose to prominence while at Tottenham's arch rivals, Arsenal. His partnership with striker, Robin Van Persie, saw him finish his final season with an impressive 14 goal assists.

Time for a fresh challenge

A move to Barcelona soon followed and Song looked to have made it to the pinnacle of the game. However, Song has since struggled to replicate this form and has seen his stock diminish rapidly. 

In 65 games for the Catalan giants, Song has managed just one goal and one assist. However, in that time he has won a domestic title and has lifted the Supercopa de España. He has most recently faced scrutiny for his performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In a group stage match against Croatia, Song was sent off for a ludicrous elbow and subsequently faced allegations of match fixing. 

Song will have to hope that poor showing has not eroded the memory of two strong seasons as a midfield anchor at Arsenal, with time running out to find first-team football away from the Camp Nou.

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