If West Ham target Tolgay Arslan had stayed fit, would Alex Song be at the club?

Collins, Song, Jenkinson

Was the Cameroonian simply an easy deal to bulk out the squad?

It has been revealed today that West Ham United were in advanced talks to bring Tolgay Arslan from Besiktas this summer, along with their new manager Slaven Bilic.

Bild are reporting that a £5.8 million move for the player was in full swing when, the player unfortunately picked up a serious injury.

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was ruled out of action until 2016 – leaving any potential West Ham deal dead in the water.

That knee could have gone at any time and West Ham will probably think they have dodged a bullet in that regard. Another man who is probably happy no deal ever went through must be Alex Song.

If West Ham had got Arslan, would Song have a club now?

The facts surrounding Song are simple. The Cameroonian arrived last summer on loan from Barcelona and initially shone for The Hammers. But soon enough his performances dipped and West Ham were unsure about bringing him in on loan again – especially as he had done no pre-season training of note in Barcelona.

But on deadline day, with the squad looking thin, West Ham finalised Song’s return, giving him a reprieve as it seemed nobody else truly wanted him.

One man’s pain is another’s salvation and Song will now hope to keep West Ham fans from wishing about Arslan.

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