Winston Reid praises 'quality' West Ham midfielder Alex Song

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has lauded midfielder Alex Song.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has labeled midfielder Alex Song as 'quality' in an interview with the club's official website.

"It's also great having the defensive cover in front of us, and someone who has been key to our season is Alex Song," said Reid. "Alex stopped with his national team [Cameroon] meaning we have him during the African Cup of Nations, and while no-one knows what's gone on behind the scenes, it's brilliant to have him at the Club."

"Alex is a great guy to have around, he's a funny character and he brings a lot of quality into the team. When you've played at clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona, you have to have a bit of quality to play for those sides," he added.

Song, 27, joined the Hammers in a surprise loan move from Barcelona in the summer, and has shown his quality at Upton Park this season.

The Cameroonian has mostly played at the base of West Ham's midfield diamond, and he's been superb in starting attacks from the back and also breaking up play in front of the back four.

Just days ago, manager Sam Allardyce urged the West Ham board to sign Song permanently from Barcelona, but given how well he's been playing upon his return to English football, the asking price will be increasing by the week.

Reports from Spanish newspaper SPORT suggested that Liverpool wanted to sign Song as a potential replacement for Steven Gerrard, meaning the Hammers may need to move quickly if they are to keep the ex-Arsenal man in East London.

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