The Frenchman is still a major target for Sunderland after a successful loan spell.
Sunderland's former loanee Yann M'Vila
Former Arsenal midfielder and West Ham loanee Alex Song is on the move again, agreeing a deal to join Russian side Rubin Kazan from Barcelona on loan for the season.
West Ham fans will not be surprised their side did not look to sign him permanently, but Sunderland fans will be taking note of the deal with intrigue.
OFFICIAL! Rubin have reached an agreement to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song! pic.twitter.com/yYjD0mXlJ5— Rubin Kazan UK (@RubinKazanUK) July 21, 2016
Sunderland fans took note yesterday when the French midfielder Yann M’Vila was reported to be in France and no longer training with the Russian side with whom he is contracted. The Sunderland Echo also reported that the player had made it clear he wanted a move to Sunderland permanently and that he had not applied for a new visa to remain in Russia.
West Ham's Alex Song and James Tomkins with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson in action
The news that Song has been snapped up by Rubin will therefore have Sunderland fans excited about the possibility of bringing in the French international permanently.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Yann M'Vila
Rubin have no need for both players at the club and M’Vila is clearly not in their plans for the season.
The club may be digging their heals in regarding a price, but Song’s arrival must be an indicator that the Russian side are willing to part with the player – with Sunderland still in pole position.