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Alex Song has revealed that former West Ham United midfielder and Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano told him join the London club, prior to signing on a season-long loan from the Catalan giants last month.
Song, 27, left Arsenal for Barca in the summer of 2012 in a £15 million deal, but failed to established himself in the first-team during his time with the La Liga outfit, before being deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique.
The Cameroonian international was linked to the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur during the final weeks of the summer transfer window, but settled on the Hammers after talking with a number of figures with knowledge of the club, including Mascherano.
'My agent rang me one day after training, asking if I wanted to go back to London. I always said that if I left Barcelona I’d want to go back to England,' he told Sky Sports.
'He told me the offer was West Ham, so I asked two or three people and they gave me some good news about the club. I spoke to Mascherano and the manager and had a good feeling, so from there the priority was to come here.
'It’s a very good club, with very good people, which makes it easy to fit in,' he added. 'In the past I had two clubs, Arsenal and Barcelona, where it wasn’t easy to move, but in life you have to take challenges.
'The fans have all given me a very good welcome and I’m very happy to be here. I want to boost my fitness back and then when I’m ready I’ll have to give them more, because I think we have a good team for where the club wants to be.'
Meanwhile, West Ham could be lining up a move for another midfielder, with reports in France claiming that the club are preparing a €4 million bid for Inter Milan's out-of-favour Serbian international Zdravko Kuzmanovic once the winter transfer window opens.
The 27-year-old has made 32 total appearances since joining the Serie A outfit from Stuttgart in January 2013, but has since fallen down the pecking order under manager Walter Mazzarri, and was even linked with a switch to Upton Park during the final weeks of August.
However, Sam Allardyce could well face competition for his signature, with Crystal Palace and Leicester among other clubs reported to be interested in his signature.