According to the Evening Standard, West Ham are still pursuing a deal to sign Alex Song from Barcelona this summer, but they want him on another loan deal.
The Cameroonian international spent last season on loan at the Boleyn Ground, impressing in a midfield who showed a technical excellence not associated with Sam Allardyce.
His form faltered towards the end of the campaign though, and it was clear that the Hammers suffered, as results turned negative and a slide down the table occurred.
This resulted in Allardyce’s dismissal, but there have never been any doubts about a potential Song return to East London, with new head coach Slaven Bilic wanting to bring him back to the Boleyn Ground for much of the summer.
However, a deal has yet to be struck with Barcelona, and the ongoing sage looks like it is not closer to being finalised.
An injury suffered by Song has put the move in jeopardy, with an ongoing ankle issue potentially keeping the midfielder out of action for up to four months.
This injury has caused the Hammers to reevaluate their stance on signing Song, and now would prefer to take him on another loan deal, rather than a permanent contract.
They want to sign him until the end of the 2015/16 season, so they can guarantee Song’s long-term fitness is not affected, and the 27-year-old returned to Barcelona last week to try and push through a move.
There are no indications as to whether the Catalan giants are willing to accept the new proposal from West Ham, but they are keen to get Song off their books this summer.