West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna praises Alex Song, highlights player's key attribute

Angelo Ogbonna is delighted to see Alex Song re-sign for West Ham.

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has told the club's official website that the Hammers needed Alex Song's experience.

Ogbonna, 27, joined the Hammers from Juventus this summer as West Ham splashed the cash under new manager Slaven Bilic, but he was far from the last arrival at Upton Park.

On deadline day, West Ham swooped to sign four players, with Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Nikica Jelavic all arriving in East London, whilst Alex Song made his return to the club.

The Cameroonian midfielder spent last season on loan at West Ham having failed to make an impact with Barcelona, and whilst he was exceptional in the first half of the campaign, he struggled to replicate that form in the second half of the season.

Still, West Ham feel that they have seen enough from Song to renew his loan deal, with the former Arsenal man penning another season-long stay at Upton Park.

Now, over a week on from the frantic chaos of deadline day, defender Ogbonna has told the club's official website that West Ham need Song's experience, labelling him a 'great signing'.

"Alex Song is a great signing for the Club," said Ogbonna. "We need that kind of experience and he is someone who has played at another level and it is great for us."

Song is currently out injured and may not return to the West Ham first team until October, but there is certainly a hope that he can come back refreshed and replicate his displays from the first half of last season - and if he does that, West Ham will have made one of the signings of the summer.

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