West Ham United's club-captain Kevin Nolan believes that Alex Song can bring experience to the squad, after enjoying a glistening career at the top of the game.
Song has a number of international caps for Cameroon and he has also represented Arsenal and, most recently, Barcelona during his time playing the game so far and Nolan thinks that this experience can help his Hammers teammates.
"One thing that Alex has is experience at two top clubs, so that's what he can bring to us", Nolan said to the club's website. "What he achieved at Arsenal and then Barcelona can only be a good thing for us. That's what we're hoping. The professional that he is, he'll want to do well here."
Song's ability has rarely been in question, but he has a fiery temperament and has proven difficult to manage at previous times in his career.
He will need to curb this at West Ham, but there is no doubting the quality which has brings to Sam Allardyce's side.
Song is a technically adept, but robust figure and he should be the sort of player who can excite the fan-base, who have grown frustrated with the style of football on display in recent times.
Allardyce's direct approach goes against the principles of patient, passing football which have previously been instilled at Upton Park and, as a result, the club have demanded that their manager provides a more aesthetically pleasing style of play to the club this season.
Song is a player who can offer the best of both worlds, as he is a competent passer as well as a physical midfielder and if he can find his top form then he will undoubtedly improve the Hammers' form.
They have started the season fairly poorly, after defeats to Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, although a solitary win over Crystal Palace was a source of some encouragement.
With Song's addition they will be looking to push on and the Barcelona signing will have his first chance to impress for the first-team next week.
The Hammers take on Hull City on Monday night and a victory should help alleviate some of the concerns with are growing around the club at the moment.