Why Palace signing West Ham loanee Alex Song this summer makes perfect sense

Alex Song

Crystal Palace have been linked with Barcelona-owned West Ham United midfielder Alex Song.

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace want to sign West Ham United’s on-loan star Alex Song this summer.

The Cameroon international rejoined the Hammers from Barcelona on a 12-month loan last summer, but he has barely featured for Slaven Bilic’s side this season and is not expected to join the club permanently.

With his future seemingly lying away from the Nou Camp, Song represents a fine option for a number of clubs this summer and reported interested party Palace would be wise to snap him up.

Alan Pardew’s men have suffered in the second half of the campaign, dropping down the Premier League table like a stone following a 14-game league run without victory.

The run momentarily left the Eagles' fans mulling over a potential relegation, but a recent 1-0 win over Norwich City followed by two draws sees them now all-but safe on 39 points.

A big reason behind their loss of form was the injury sustained to key player Yannick Bolasie, but another reason was the lack of quality options to step in for players under-performing.

Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur have been the club’s regular holding midfield duo, but beyond them there aren’t many options in terms of quality at Selhurst Park and that has hindered them.

Song has vast Premier League experience having previously featured for Arsenal, and considering his age at 28, he still has plenty left to offer if given the opportunity to perform.

Alan Pardew is a keen motivator, and he would be the ideal man to help Song get his career back on track.

The midfielder’s wages could pose a problem, yet the finances on offer in the Premier League these days would suggest that Song’s alleged £80,000 per week (via The Sun) wouldn’t be beyond Palace.

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