It may be the season to be jolly but West Ham United fans could well find their festive spirit tested after Manchester City upped their chase for Alex Song, who is of course on loan courtesy of Barcelona.
The midfielder has reignited his career under Sam Allardyce and has been a huge part in the success the Hammers have had this season, getting into the top four of the Premier League at one point and now sitting in a lofty position of fifth – something that Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal would love to be able to say.
Manchester City meanwhile are finally putting together some sort of title defence but are worried about potentially not being able to keep Frank Lampard past January when his original loan spell expires and also have to deal with the loss of Yaya Toure who is ACON bound.
Song would provide some pace and indeed power in the middle of the park and could well show some of Manuel Pellegrini’s men a thing or two with his attitude and work rate and according to the Guardian, is a top target of Pellegrini’s come January – and he cannot convince Barcelona to break the loan agreement, the summer – when Toure could of course be sold.
The issue for Allardyce and West Ham would of course be the fact that Barcelona are the ones in control of Song’s future – and could well decide to sell him to City should an offer come in that they deem acceptable – although quite if Song would see this as a good move considering he could well be going back to a life on the bench certainly remains to be seen!
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