West Ham should have little trouble in finding room within their long term wage bill to accommodate Alex Song on a permanent basis.
The Irons have negotiated a ‘to buy’ option in the player’s one year loan deal and with seven players coming out of contract next summer the club will be in a strong financial bargaining position given the squad’s new strength in depth.
The seven players are Guy Demel, Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te, Jussi Jaaskalainen, Ravel Morrison, Mark Noble and Winston Reid.
The top priority will be in nailing down another Noble deal and talks on Reid’s position are likely to restart soon with the club looking for an answer on their reported £60k a week offer.
Morrison too will be on the agenda but the other four can be expected to move on thus freeing up more than sufficient wages to agree a financial package with Song.
The player has already spoken of his enthusiasm to join the club based in part on our move to the Olympic Stadium and the Hammers are hopeful of tying him down long term
I hope you’re right and it works out for him and us – but I can’t help thinking that he might feel that West Ham is a stepping stone to a so-called ‘bigger’ after him blotting his copybook, to some extent, at Arsenal, Barcelona and Cameroon.
The good thing, from our point of view, would be that you would expect him to be going all out to impress – let’s hope so anyway!
That’s my fear Mick just pointing out its doable from our point of view – who knows