ClaretandHugh has learned that whilst David Sullivan has been heading up the vast majority of deals this summer, Allardyce was the man who beavered away on the Song possibilities before anyone else at the club knew a move was a possibility.
A senior source at Upton Park told us this evening the manager moved very quickly several weeks ago “involving nobody else at the club” when he learned the player may be available.
We were told: “He was on the case about six weeks ago – he made contact with the various parties and got the whole thing going. There have been talks going on since then.
“It became a team thing later but if the club land Song, Sam can take enormous credit for his part in it.”
The Hammers are hoping to tie up a year’s loan deal for the former Arsenal man tomorrow (Sat) but nobody is taking anything for granted.
Our source explained: “It could still go wrong. We are very hopeful and there’s been a huge amount of work gone in over the last few weeks.
“We are also grateful that we have managed to keep it under wraps until now!”