West Ham are a step closer to clinching the permanent signing of Alex Song, according to Catalan language radio network, RAC1, who report that Barcelona have now begun negotiations with the London club.
In the midst of a presidential election, an interim management board is currently in place at Barcelona, which only has a certain limit when it comes to authority for transfers.
However, whilst that limitation extends mainly to incoming transfers, for players who aren't considered part of the sports directives plans for the team next season, outbound sales are being authorised, such as the departure of Gerard Deulofeu to Everton.
27-year-old midfielder Song isn't being considered, as manager Luis Enrique looks ahead to the 2015-16 season, therefore the all clear has been granted for his definitive exit from the Camp Nou.
West Ham have remained keen to secure the services of Song on a permanent basis, following his successful loan spell with The Hammers last season, Making 28 appearances in the Premier League and 3 in the FA Cup.
Barcelona are however expected to request a more reasonable fee for Song, although the reports from RAC1 claim an agreement is very close, with the expectations the move will be completed and officially announced within the next 48 hours.
The Cameroon international has already agreed his personal terms with West Ham, so with a little fortune, his desire to stay with the club will be confirmed shortly.