Report: West Ham United table new proposal for Barcelona's Alex Song

West Ham United reportedly want to keep Alex Song in East London.

According to a fresh report in The Sun, West Ham United have come up with a new proposal which will see Alex Song join the East Londoners on a four-year contract from Barcelona.

The former Cameroon international spent the last 12 months on loan with the Hammers and has given plenty of indications of his wishes to remain in the Premier League beyond the summer.

He is contracted to Barcelona for another two years, therefore any deal which would see Song leave the Nou Camp may prove costly for his potential suitors.

Yet, a fresh report claims that the Hammers have worked out a plan in which they could avoid paying Barca a transfer fee and instead bring him back to Upton Park at a minimal cost.

“Hammers chiefs have come up with a different deal in which Song accepts a reduced payoff from the Spanish giants in return for no transfer fee. West Ham will in turn give the player a three or four year contract to make up for cutting his losses in Spain to make a permanent switch,” The Sun reports.

Should West Ham United move for Alex Song?

The former Arsenal midfielder was arguably the Hammers’ most impressive signing in years when he moved to East London on a season-long loan deal last summer.

His initial performances were of a top-six standard, and that’s exactly where then-boss Sam Allardyce and his men found themselves heading in to the New Year.

However, the team’s performances soon dropped off and likewise Song began to show signs of complacency, a factor which resulted in a somewhat disastrous run of end-of-season results.

New boss Slaven Bilic would a job on his hands to motivate the player and prove to him that the club is going places should he sign, but given his talent and at a fairly low cost he is a risk worth taking.

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