Report: Everton lead the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, bid lodged

Alex Song Cameroon

Everton and West Ham have been linked with Barcelona’s Alex Song.

According to a report in the Italian editorial TMW, Everton have edged ahead of West Ham United in the race to sign Alex Song with a bid in the region of £3.5 million tabled.

The Cameroon international joined Barcelona from Arsenal but immediately struggled to break into the first team, eventually resulting in a return to the Premier League on loan at West Ham United last season.

He helped the Hammers to an excellent start to the campaign and, even though the side’s form in 2015 dropped significantly, many tipped Song to make his loan move in East London permanent.

However, despite ongoing speculation linking him with Slaven Bilic’s side, Song remains a Barcelona player and fresh reports now claim Everton are more likely to take him on.

"Everton have overcome West Ham for the purchase of Alex Song. Roberto Martinez is pushing for the player and Everton have offered €5 million [£3.5 million] for his signature," TMW report.

Good signing for Everton?

Song’s quality is evident as he patrols the midfield and allows the more attack-minded players to push forward knowing they have plenty of protection behind.

Roberto Martinez’s side like to play possession football and take risks going forward, with players like Ross Barkley and James McCarthy capable of breaking from their midfield positions.

The Toffees have a solid defensive midfielder in Garth Barry yet Song, at 27, is seven years Barry’s junior and would arguably be a step up in class on the Everton midfielder.

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