Southampton have reportedly emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song this summer. According to the Sunday Mirror, the South Coast club are being asked to cough up £8million for the Cameroonian, who has been told he can leave the Nou Camp.
The 27-year-old still has a year left on his deal with the Catalan giants and spent last season on loan in the Premier League at West Ham. He made 28 appearances for the Hammers last season, emerging as an integral figure in the London outfit’s impressive three-man central midfield.
With Morgan Scheiderlin expected to leave before the end of the summer window, Song could be the perfect man to vill the void left by the Frenchman’s departure. With bags of ability and plenty of experience to match, the former Arsenal midfielder would be a very suitable replacement – and for what seems a very generous price.
Song would form a formidable partnership with Victor Wanyama – providing he doesn’t also leave St. Mary’s – at the heart of the Saints’ midfield. With the south coast club hoping to challenge in the Europa League next season, the duo’s European experience could prove a real asset in the centre of the park.