Would Tottenham have Alex Song?

Whilst Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed the suggestion that Alex Song could return to the Emirates, perhaps his destination may still be North London this summer.

The Cameroon international has been voted, along with former Spurs maestro Luka Modric as La Liga’s biggest flop since making his £15 million summer transfer to Barcelona.

The Catalans have been less than enamored with his debut La Liga season and could look to offload him at the end of this term. However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has all but completely ruled out a return for the defensive midfielder.

Meanwhile, rivals Spurs have injury concerns in their midfielder – both Sandro and Scott Parker have spent long periods on the sidelines in the last couple of seasons.

Jake Livermore is linked with a move away from White Hart Lane whilst Tom Huddlestone has featured this season but has yet to fully cement his place in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting line-up. Subsequently, Spurs could very well be in the market for a player in Song’s position with Premier League experience.

Spur have acquired an array of attacking midfield talent in the last two transfer windows, since the departure of Modric to Real Madrid, in the form of Moussa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Lewis Holtby.

However, Parker is now 32 and certainly into the twilight years of his career and Sandro is will be working his way back to match fitness and form once he returns from his long-term injury.

Alex Song could be available for around £15 million as Barcelona look to move him on. For a 25-year-old defensive midfielder with a decent track record of assists in the Premier League and Champions League, Spurs may be willing to overlook his previous affiliation with their North London rivals.

Spurs have had no real problems with signing former Arsenal players in the past – the likes of William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor being the most recent examples. However, there may be a reluctance to meet Barcelona’s asking price considering the lack of form and fitness of the player.

Whilst the signing could make sense on paper, I very much doubt it will come to fruition, given the current options Villas-Boas has at his disposal and the potential for ad adverse reaction from the fans if the signing went ahead.

It has happened before – could it happened again?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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