Barcelona’s Alex Song set for uncertain future: West Ham reluctant to make loan permanent

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On-loan West Ham midfielder Alex Song is set for an uncertain future, with reports suggesting that the east London club are reluctant to make his stay a permanent one due to his drastic dip in form, according to the Daily Mail.

Players coming from other leagues are usually afforded a season to settle, but given the fact that Song spent eight years at Arsenal, his plight is worrying for a club unable to take a punt on the finances a deal to bring Song to Upton Park would entail.

During his time at Arsenal too, Song struggled for consistency and his erratic positioning meant that Arsene Wenger favoured a converted Mikel Arteta in the holding midfield role.

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Song’s form mirrors that of the club, with the second half of the season not matching the first for Sam Allardyce. West Ham were in the thick of the top four action earlier this term.

According to the report, Song’s £80,000 per-week wages would prove the biggest stumbling block, as Andy Carroll remains the highest paid player at the club on similar wages.

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