Talk of a permanent move to West Ham United for Alex Song has been gathering pace, with Sam Allardyce reportedly ready to address the issue with his parent club Barcelona.
The Hammers would appear to have made a shrewd investment in the Cameroon international, with Arsene Wenger likely cursing his decision not to bring Song back to Emirates Stadium.
West Ham’s success, which has carried them into the top four, has been built around their ability to break opponents down and dominate in the middle of the park.
Song has been instrumental in their rise up the standings and has earned widespread acclaim for the manner in which he has gone about his business in understated fashion.
His value to the cause is not lost on those around him either, with England striker Andy Caroll adding his voice to the praise being lavished on a key cog in the Upton Park machine.
He said in the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City: “Every game he has played he has been fantastic.
“He is just so comfortable on the ball and slows the game to his own tempo. Even when we were one down we didn’t go gung-ho. He still held it for us and was our anchor really.”
Players who are able to dictate the pace of the game and appear to have more time on the ball than those around them are worth their weight in gold.
West Ham must do all they can to secure Song’s services on a long-term basis as his efforts will have been noted by those outside of the East End.
It has been suggested that a £15 million fee will be required to land him a permanent basis, but that will feel like a drop in the ocean if Song can help the Hammers into Europe and offer their bank balance a continental boost.