West Ham United have pulled off something of a transfer coup by landing Cameroon midfielder Alex Song on a season long loan from Barcelona.
Prior to their match against Southampton at the weekend David Sullivan’s son, Jack Sullivan tweeted, “We have just made a MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SIGNING, he’ll be introduced to the crowd at 2.52pm today!”
Indeed Alex Song was the player that was rumoured to be making the appearance, and his transfer was all but confirmed in front of the crowd at Upton Park.
Song has international pedigree and having represented Arsenal and Barcelona is a well-known name in world football.
West Ham fans are likely to have been pleasantly surprised that they were able to land the player considering that Liverpool and Arsenal were both said to be weighing up a move. Manchester United were also said to be considering the player earlier in the summer and given that they have not yet managed to address their issues in either midfield or defence.
Song offered an explanation as to why he had chosen to move to the Hammers, rather than hang on until the final moments of the window in the hope that a Champions League club might make a move for him. Speaking to the club website, he said, “When I spoke to the manager, he gave me very good advice.”
“I had a very good chat with him and that’s why I am coming here. We have to do better than last season. I think the club has very good ambition and I hope we can maybe catch the European positions, because that would be very good for the club.
“West Ham is looking to be a very, very big club in the future. The club has a great project and it is a very big project with very big ambition.”
West Ham fans will be glad to hear that their new signing believes that the club has ambition and will hoping that ambition will be reflected with more signings like Song in the near future. Europe is not particularly expected by the majority of West Ham fans for this season and it is doubtful that even the unexpected signing of an out of favour Barcelona player will quite change that, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.