West Ham are exploring a complex plan which would hopefully seal an eventual long term deal for Alex Song to join the club permanently.
But whilst he is carrying a surgery-threatening ankle injury, the Irons are trying to do a’ pay as you play’ loan deal with Barca paying his wages outside of those appearances.
The Hammers have suggested that they are then given the option to take the player on a permanent deal in the January window when, hopefully, his injury worried are sorted
The Catalan giants want to do a permanent deal NOW with the Irons taking on the full wage burden but ClaretandHugh sources said: “That’s not going to happen. we need to sort out a safeguarded deal.
“Barcelona are maybe hoping some other club will come in. Understandable, but we aren’t going pushed into such a wage deal in these circumstances.”