Report: West Ham priced out of permanent deal for Alex Song, Liverpool to benefit

The Cameroonian midfielder is currently on loan at the Boleyn Ground, and he has been one of the successes of the season.

West Ham are reportedly attempting to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on a permanent deal, but Spanish paper SPORT believes they may not have the resources and Liverpool could step in.

Bringing technique and flair to the Hammers midfield, the 27-year-old has been instrumental in West Ham shooting up the Premier League table, and, although form has dipped in recent weeks to see the club fall out of the top four, the Irons are still expected to challenge for European qualification come the end of the campaign.

There have been reports in the Mirror indicating that Sam Allardyce would be doing all he could to secure Song on a permanent deal before the end of the campaign to tie his future down to West Ham, and Hammers co-owner David Gold is also said by TalkSPORT to be keen on pushing through the move.

However, Song’s form in the Premier League could hint to other teams that he is available over the summer, leading them to move for him, and ultimately costing West Ham the signing of their star man. Liverpool and Manchester City are two of the teams said by the Mirror to be tracking his availability as of the current moment.

Regardless, it seems as if West Ham are the only club to have made a formal approach to the Catalan club over a potential transfer, but Spanish media outlet SPORT is reporting that they are still someway off Barca’s valuation of €19 million, having only submitted an offer of €6 million. Song’s contract doesn’t expire until 2017, and he has proven in his outings with the Hammers this season that he is worth more than West Ham's reported valuation.

The La Liga giants want to recover a large majority of the €19 million (£15m) they paid Arsenal for his services in 2012, and the report also says that Barca are keen to see him taken off their wage budget.

With West Ham seemingly priced out of the deal, the same media outlet believes that Liverpool could return their interest to Song, and look to match Barcelona’s valuation of him - potentially as the replacement for the departing Steven Gerrard.

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