Alex Song has revealed conversations with uncle Rigobert Song ahead of signing for West Ham.
West Ham loanee Alex Song has revealed his uncle Rigobert was crucial in helping him decide to join the club.
Rigobert Song played for the Hammers for two seasons in the early 2000s, and the supporters clearly left a good impression.
So much so that his nephew says his comments about the fanbase were right, and he has told him so.
Song told West Ham's website: "I spoke to him very recently. He has helped me a lot with my decision to come here.
"He told me it was a good club and the fans were terrific. After I came here I told him he was right about that."
For any player to leave Barcelona, such a decision is not easy, especially when taking a drop down from playing Champions League football to not at all.
Yet the problem for Song is that he barely playing it anyway for Barcelona, usually a substitute at best, and lucky to get off the bench.
He has helped West Ham to seventh in the Premier League and when fellow new boy Cheikou Kouyate returns from injury they could form a dominant partnership in the middle, providing Sam Allardyce can find a way to fit in Mark Noble too.
With Kevin Noble also on the comeback trail, a substitute against QPR, West Ham's squad depth is looking like a real strong point, and there is good reason for fans to be more confident than they have been in several seasons.
Attracting Barcelona midfielder Song is illustration of their progression, although they in part have his uncle, and a deal agreed 14 years ago to sign him from Liverpool, to thank too.