Alex Song wants permanent Premier League stay: Five possible options

Alex Song wants to stay in the Premier League. (©GettyImages)

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has confirmed his intention to stay in the Premier League beyond his season-long loan spell at West Ham United, after revealing that his family is settled in England; the country where he enjoyed seven successful years with Arsenal, prior to his £15 million switch to Camp Nou in 2012.

The Cameroon international has been in inspired form at Upton Park, proving Sam Allardyce's acquisition of the 27-year-old to be a major transfer coup, and judging by his early season performances the Hammers boss would surely like to keep the player in east London for the foreseeable.

Song clearly sees his future away from Spain after enduring a frustrating two year spell on the fringes of the Barcelona team, before finally being told by new manager Luis Enrique that he was surplus to first-team requirements.

It seemed surprisingly harsh treatment of a player that has already showed his quality in England's top-flight - and in the Champions League - establishing himself as one of Arsene Wenger's most important players before deciding to quit the Emirates two summers ago.

A return to north London was previously mooted when news first broke of Song's availability, but the Gunners boss opted against re-signing the African enforcer, despite his obvious need for a defensive midfielder.

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Still, the temporary transfer to the Boleyn doesn't look to have worked out too badly for Song, based on his contribution to the high-flying Hammers, who currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League table.

"I think my future will be here [in England]."

But, even after West Ham's early promise, the chances are that the former Gunner will hold aspirations higher than what Allardyce's side can offer, with participation in Europe likely to be a minimum requirement for Song's next permanent club.

"I think my future will be here [in England]," he was quoted saying by Sky Sports. "My family, everyone is happy here. I'm very happy to come back to England.

"I've always said if I move from Barcelona, I'll come to England and my future is here anyway.

"I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we'll see what is happening at the end of the season."

Thankfully for Song, GiveMeSport is ready to do the groundwork for him now, assessing five of the best permanent transfer options in England when his current deal at West Ham expires next summer.

Click the 'begin slideshow' button below to work your way through the list, and have your say in the comment box provided which club you think Song will eventually join…

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