How Manchester City’s Yaya Toure can help West Ham keep hold of Alex Song

Yaya Toure may prove vital to West Ham keeping Barcelona loanee Alex Song.

Song moved to the Boleyn Ground at the start of the season, joining on a season long loan with his Barcelona career looking all-but over.

The 27-year-old Cameroonian international excelled in the first-half of the campaign, playing in the deep-lying midfield role and utilising his defensive and attacking abilities in equal measure.

Much of the Hammers early season success was put down to the former Arsenal man, and it was no surprise when the club opened talks to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of this season.

However, no deal has yet been struck, and as per the Daily Mail, Inter Milan are looking at Song as they attempt to bring him to the San Siro for the start of the next campaign.

This should worry Hammers fans, as it looks like Song could be heading to Italy, but there is another Premier League star who could aid the Hammers in their quest to keep hold of the Cameroonian star - Yaya Toure.

Toure looks set to leave Manchester City this summer, and Inter are also tracking him, according to the Mail. The Serie A giants would only be able to afford one of them, and, regardless of financial muscle, there would be no point them signing both midfielders at the same time.

This interest in the Ivorian star gives West Ham hope that Song may stay in East London, and with Toure looking likely to leave the Premier League, Song may have no other option but to sign for the Hammers.

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