West Ham United’s Alex Song has been the “Why didn’t we think of that?” loan signing of the season, but the Irons may have to secure a top-four finish if they are to keep hold of the key players behind their expectation-rubbishing start to the campaign.
Discussing what the future holds in an interview with French football bible L’Equipe, the Cameroonian midfielder said:
“Yes! [I want Champions League football] But not at Barcelona. My future will be in England.”
West Ham are currently four points off fourth spot in the Premier League, but, with the bwin layers pricing them up at as long as 25/1 to finish the season among the leading quartet, it seems they may be doomed to bid farewell to one of the architects of their renaissance when his current stint in the East End concludes this summer.
Song is 1/2 to be plying his trade elsewhere when the window slams shut on September 2, while it’s 7/5 that he has extended his tenure at the Boleyn Ground by that point in time.
The midfielder did, however, offer hope to any of the Premier League’s Champions League chasers who may be in the market for a player of his skillset, telling L’Equipe:
“I could have played Champions League in Italy, with Napoli or Roma, in Turkey. I could have played in France too, with Marseille.
“But my priority was to return to England. For me as well as my family. We like it here. I have found a club that I didn’t know very well but where things are going quite well.”
If West Ham cannot make good on their superb start to the campaign then the likes of Southampton, Tottenham or Liverpool could quite feasibly find room for a player of the 27-year-old’s calibre.
The Saints in particular may find Song of interest given the constant speculation about Morgan Schneiderlin’s future.