According to the report, Alex Song’s ongoing ankle injury slowed an exit from Barcelona, and the East London club were only willing to bring him to the club on loan in case the issue is a long-term one.
The report claims that the Cameroonian midfielder will be out of action until at least October, and the physical problem was also the reason as to why the deal took until the end of the transfer window to complete.
Barcelona were trying to get him off their books for much of the summer, but due to the ankle issue, no club were ready to sanction a deal for Song.
Song had impressed with the Hammers last term, and they always wanted to bring him back to the club, preferably as a full-time signing.
However, the injury meant that the risk was too great to complete the permanent signing of the midfielder this summer.
But if he proves on his loan deal this season that he is past his injury problems, then it would come as no surprise to see the Hammers sign Song permanently next sumer.