On-loan Barcelona midfielder Alex Song seems certain to leave West Ham at the end of this season, with the Irons reportedly unwilling to take on the former Arsenal stalwart’s stonking £80,000 per week wages.
Song has started 19 of his temporary masters’ past 25 Premier League matches, but after only suffering one top-flight loss in their claret and blue colours during his first seven fixtures, Sam Allardyce’s side have won just two of their past ten in the division with the Cameroon regular in from the off.
He’s 3/10 to not be resident at the Boleyn Ground by the start of September, and Barcelona have little need for him with Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets around.
It seems the Gunners are unwilling to take a punt on their former favourite, but who might?
If last summer is anything to go buy, when Colombia duo James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao were spirited away from the Stade Louis II, the principality club will struggle to keep the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia and Joao Moutinho, with the former thought to be catching Arsenal’s eye.
With Song’s wages unlikely to prove a problem, this could be an ideal match.
Ex-Gunners flop Gervinho has done a fine job reigniting his career in the Eternal City, and although former Arsenal man Ashley Cole has struggled to get off the Stadio Olympico bench, a club of Roma’s standing would surely appeal to Song.
They’re practically guaranteed to be in the Champions League next term too, which would make a nice change from West Ham.
Los Che owner Peter Lim has pumped so much money into the Mediterranean coast club that there was talk Valencia would try to tempt Manchester United’s Juan Mata back to the Mestalla this summer, although it’s unlikely even £30m will move the Old Trafford board after the 26-year-old’s cracking brace against Liverpool.
Song is a much more realistic target, and with rumours circulating that Valencia might lose central-midfielder Dani Parejo at the end of the season, he could prove a vital purchase.