Sullivan stages a Song loan fee only ‘steal’


songClaretandHugh has been told tonight  that Alex Song will join West Ham under a deal which sees Barcelona pay his wages in full whilst  getting a £3 million loan fee from us for the season.

Song was introduced to the West Ham faithful this afternoon in the one bright spot of our day before we watched the team crash to a 3-1 defeat by Southampton.

The arrival of Song will tighten things up considerably and give us a hard-to-beat look although questions are already being raised as to who will make way for the former Arsenal player in our midfield.

Barca have been keen to move Song on for some months as he doesn’t fit their style and both us and Spurs were interested.

But we have been told that when it became clear that the Spanish giants made it clear they would pay his wages in full the player opted for the Hammers rather than his old north London rivals.

Manager Sam Allardyce is a big fan of the player’s fearsome midfield qualities and led the race to get him although co-chairman David Sullivan takes the plaudits for arranging the financials.

A source told us exclusively: “There’s a few transfer dramas at Barcelona with an embargo on the horizon. Song was definitely one of those whom they wanted to allow out given they have the likes of Neymar in there.

“But my understanding is that we got him for just the £3 million loan fee with Barca paying his wages.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Michael Miller says:

    The problem I have with Song is knowing where he will play and who will make way for him?

    He was in and out of the team at Arsenal and obviously didn’t impress Wenger – but his ‘talent’ got him a move to Barca where he was again in and out of the team without nailing down a position. He played in midfield and even at Centre Back – but again he failed to nail down a position and has been jettisoned quite ruthlessly by them.

    A thing I heard from my Brother was that there is a bit of a cloud hanging over Cameroon about their performance in the World Cup, Song getting himself sent off against Croatia in a particularly suspicious way is being investigated by FIFA – could be a fly in the ointment!

    The juries out – watch this space!

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