Report: West Ham concerned over transfer of star loanee, key doubt raised

Alex Song

West Ham are reportedly against signing Alex Song on a permanent deal.

As per the Daily Mail, the Hammers are having doubts concerning the permanent signing of Alex Song, who is currently at the club on loan from Barcelona.

The Cameroonian international midfielder, who has made 25 appearances this season, was a key figure in the Hammers’ success at the beginning of the season. His ball-winning ability and classy passing style helped the East London club dominate games, and as the deep-lying playmaker in Sam Allardyce’s diamond formation, the 27-year-old has excelled.

The club have long been in discussions over making Song’s loan a permanent deal at the end of the season, and the Mirror reported that they were confident of securing him ahead of rivals Liverpool on a long-term transfer.

Fans were getting excited by the prospect of Song completing a permanent transfer to the Boleyn Ground, but now the Mail report suggests that the club are suffering doubts over his suitability and may pull out of a deal for him.

It is said that the Hammers have been concerned by his dip in form since the turn of the year, and are put of by the wages that he is on at Barcelona - £80,000-per-week.

The Irons would likely have to match that wage to sign him, and they are unsure whether he is worth the price considering his drop in form.

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