Birmingham City are making major moves on deadline day as Harry Redknapp attempts to equip himself with a squad that can challenge for promotion. The Mail report that they are set to sign Alex Song from Rubin Kazan after an agreement was found with the Russian club. He is travelling to the Midlands for his medical. The club have already signed Jason Lowe and agreed a deal for Jota, but this would be an even bigger story.
The 29-year-old is well known to fans in this country, after spells at Arsenal and West Ham. Song also had a stint at Barcelona, which underlines the quality that he possesses. Redknapp believes that the midfielder can be an asset in the Championship. This is a signing typical of the Blues’ boss and the finances involved are likely to be big for the second tier. Given the moves they have made today, Birmingham are going to have to challenge for promotion this season.
Would he be a good signing?
It is difficult to know how the midfielder will adjust to the Championship and whether he has the motivation to perform consistently in the division. However, he has a lot of ability as his list of previous clubs shows. This is a huge coup for the club and the type of signing that will excite supporters. It has been a poor start to the season, but Birmingham are showing ambition on deadline day and that will help get supporters excited about the team again. There will be concerns over the finances, but if he helps them to promotion, it won’t matter.
Song is best as a holding midfielder, but he possesses the technical ability to dominate matches in the Championship. It is likely that he will be given more freedom in the Birmingham team and allowed license to express himself. Based on his ability, it is a sharp improvement on the current midfield options, but he needs to be motivated to perform. It is up to Redknapp to ensure that he is.
How likely is a deal?
There is always a chance that a rival club will come in and steal him at the last minute. That will be a huge concern where this deal is concerned as Song is a proven Premier League player. If a team from the top flight decides to make a late move, Birmingham would be at risk of losing their man. However, as things stand, it looks like the Cameroon international is going to sign for the Blues. This will be one of the eye-catching deals of the day.