So David Sullivan has confirmed what we kind of already suspected – West Ham have agreed to sign Alex Song from Barcelona, but only if he passes a medical.
The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a permanent move to the club all summer, but negotiations with the La Liga club, the player’s representatives and his ongoing injury have all contributed to a move being delayed.
But now Sullivan has confirmed that he’ll sign for the club before the end of the transfer window if he can pass his medical, but also hinted that the club may even take a risk if doesn’t, should the medical team believe he’ll successfully get over his current injury.
He said: “We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical.
“If the medical is ok, we’ll take him. He’s injured at the moment, which is something you’ve got to weight up. But we’ve got until September 1st to make a decision.
“He’s a player we all admire and we just hope that the medical shows he’s in a sufficient state for us to gamble.
“He couldn’t physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it’s just a technical thing and he’s only a couple of weeks away you’d take that gamble and hope they’re right.”
So at last that’s pretty much done, and West Ham fans on Twitter appear to be delighted. Here’s what they had to say shortly after the news broke…
— Liam Brown (@LiamSBrown) August 19, 2015
Song to #whufc is an excellent signing for the Hammers. A good player with plenty of experience.
— SMELLARD (@SamEllard88) August 19, 2015
Alex Song to West Ham, can only be positive for the development of Reece Oxford, as long as he doesn't take his place #WHUFC
— Tommy Baines (@Baines_) August 19, 2015
West Ham signing Song is a great pull, song being the deep lying playmaker and Payet pulling the strings #WHUFC
— Andrew Cretch (@_cretch) August 19, 2015
— Kiran Moodley (@kirancmoodley) August 19, 2015
Alex Song to West Ham on a 3 year deal is confirmed, provided he passes his medical. Thrilled with that ! #WHUFC
— West Ham Stuff ⚒ (@WestHamStuff) August 19, 2015
Love that we are getting Song on a permanent but means we probably won't see as much of Oxford #WHUFC
— Christopher Nesbitt (@chrisnesbitt92) August 19, 2015
— ⚒ Jonno ⚒ (@Jonno_69) August 19, 2015
I've just blown my load, sorry not sorry pic.twitter.com/ke95mIcuQL
— Jadrián ⚒ (@JameswhufcJones) August 19, 2015
Good news that Song is almost a done deal. But what about our striker prob?! We badly need one in the next couple of days.Austin? Chicarito?
— ⚒ The Shak ⚒ (@5hakt1) August 19, 2015
Alex Song could well become our new captain when he signs. He'll easily force Noble out the side & it looks like Obiang shall be a mainstay
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) August 19, 2015