Alex Song could be perfect alternative to Ibrahim Amadou for Crystal Palace

Alex Song of FC Rubin Kazan is challenged by Denys Kulakov (L) of FC Ural Ekaterinburg during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan  and  FC Ural Ekaterinburg at...

The former Arsenal star is now a free agent and Palace could be a perfect location.

Alex Song of FC Rubin Kazan is challenged by Denys Kulakov (L) of FC Ural Ekaterinburg during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan  and  FC Ural Ekaterinburg at...Alex Song of FC Rubin Kazan is challenged by Denys Kulakov (L) of FC Ural Ekaterinburg 

Yesterday saw the transfer window in England shut with plenty of deals getting done at the last minute. Crystal Palace however missed out on one of their main transfer targets. They were in the hunt for Lille holding midfielder Ibrahim Amadou. Sky Sports reported that a loan deal with a view to a potential £16 million transfer was agreed but Lille could not recall Portuguese midfielder Xeka from his loan at Dijon, so scrapped the deal.

But Palace could find themselves a similar option on the free agent list, one very well known to Premier League viewers.

Strasbourg's French defender Kenny Lala (L) vies with Lille's French midefielder Ibrahim Amadou during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Strasbourg (RCSA) on Janaury 28,...Strasbourg's French defender Kenny Lala (L) vies with Lille's French midfielder Ibrahim Amadou 

Alex Song had his contract at Russian side Rubin Kazan terminated by mutual consent earlier this week as he seeks a new destination. The Cameroon midfielder is currently training back with his former club Arsenal in the hope of a return to English football.

Like Amadou he is a defensive midfield player who can also operate at centre-back. He has something of a flawed reputation now. But it is easy to forget that he was once sold to Barcelona and was one of the star players at Arsenal.

Alexandre Song of West Ham United is challenged by David Silva of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Boleyn Ground in...Alexandre Song of West Ham United is challenged by David Silva of Manchester City 

He is not a long-term option, but Roy Hodgson obviously felt Palace needed to add something in this particular area. Song gives the Palace boss everything Amadou possesses, but with a little experience thrown in as well.

Having the necessary depth for the season run-in could end up proving vital for Palace as they continue to fight relegation from the Premier League. Bringing in Song could be a masterstroke from the Eagles in lieu of Amadou

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