Huge blow for Allardyce! West Ham midfield powerhouse in shock international recall

West Ham are reportedly set to lose Cameroonian midfielder Alex Song to the African Cup of Nations.

West Ham summer signing Alex Song has been a big reason for the club's success so far this term, with the former Arsenal and Barcelona star providing a number of outstanding displays in the Hammers midfield.

The 27-year-old is on a season-long loan from Barcelona, and his performances for Sam Allardyce's men have reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Yet one of the concerns from Song's arrival was that he would be heading off to the African Cup of Nations with Cameroon this month, ruling him out of action for around a month.

However, after his petulant red card for Cameroon against Croatia at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Song was left out of the squad by manager Volker Finke, leaving him to continue his Premier League campaign with West Ham.

That led to celebrations from West Ham fans, but they will have to be cut short if reports today are to be believed.

The African Cup of Nations starts in just under a fortnight, and the Daily Mail report that Cameroon boss Finke has made a surprise U-turn and called Song up to the squad.

An official announcement is expected soon, in what will be a huge blow to Allardyce and co after a tough Christmas period which saw them pick up just one point from three games.

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