Which new West Ham signing has earned praise from Hammers hero Tony Cottee?

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West Ham United hero Tony Cottee has singled out Hammers midfielder Alex Song for praise after his great start to life at Upton Park.

West Ham United backed manager Sam Allardyce in the transfer market this summer, even despite a tough campaign for 'Big Sam' at Upton Park last season. A 13th place finish wasn't good enough for the Hammers, and after being told to play a more attractive brand of football, Allardyce responded with the signings of Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

Up to now, Allardyce's spending has been justified, with the Hammers sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table, with three wins from their first seven games - one of which was a superb 3-1 win over Liverpool in September.

The likes of Cresswell, Sakho and Valencia have all impressed early on in their West Ham careers, but Hammers favourite Tony Cottee told Forever West Ham that it's former Arsenal midfielder Song who he's been impressed with the most.

"In my previous column, I always maintained that there was no doubt about Song’s ability, however, I had my concerns over whether his desire and attitude would be correct, after all, moving from the Nou Camp to Upton Park is a slight change in, well, everything!" said Cottee.

"After Song’s few appearances for the side, including being club captain, it appears I had nothing to worry about and he has instantly endeared himself to the Hammers faithful."

"What I really like about the midfielder’s style of play is that he allows Mark Noble more freedom to push forward and hurt the opposition where it matters," he added.

Song is on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona having struggled to make an impact since joining the Catalan giants from Arsenal back in 2012, and his impressive displays have already attracted reported interest from Liverpool - though West Ham must be hoping that Song stays for the long-term.

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