Slaven Bilic admits he would like Alex Song back at West Ham

West Ham are attempting to finalise a deal to sign Alex Song permanently.

The Barcelona midfielder spent last season on loan at the Boleyn Ground, and head coach Slaven Bilic has told the Daily Mail that he wants to bring him back to the club on a permanent deal.

Bilic said: “Although I said I'm not going to discuss players from other teams, he is somewhere in between. He played here on loan last year and he's a little bit injured. I don't deny that he was a great player who did really well last year and I would like him to stay with us.”

A deal for the transfer of Song to West Ham seems to have been in the pipeline since midway through last season.

He impressed during his time with the club, and was central to the new style of football Sam Allardyce was playing, but a loss in form during the second half of the season coincided with the club falling down the league table.

It was evident that the Hammers played far better when Song was involved, and the East London club have been attempting to wrap up a deal to sign him from Barca.

It was reported by the Mail last week that the proposed move was in doubt due to an injury which could rule him out for up to three months at the start of the 2015/16 campaign. A fee has been agreed between both clubs, and personal terms are resolved, but the 27-year-old’s move has been delayed.

Bilic clearly wants to get the deal finalised, even though the injury will keep Song out for the opening of the coming season. Midfielders have already been brought to the club to provide cover and competition, but Song could be one of the most important signings the Hammers make - if a deal is completed in the coming weeks.

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