Thursday 29 September 2016

West Ham still trying to complete Song deal

Nigel Whittaker

Published 30/07/2015 | 02:30

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song
Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

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Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer, but the 27-year-old has yet to agree a deal.

West Ham will face Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu at Upton Park this evening as their marathon pre-season continues apace.

Bilic again admitted frustration with the packed schedule brought about by an unexpected Europa League campaign.

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This evening's match will be West Ham's 10th of the pre-season, with two more to follow before they start their Premier League campaign with a testing trip to Arsenal on August 9.

West Ham have been linked with a £12m bid for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow and Bilic admitted the club are still in the market for two more recruits before the start of the new Premier League season.

"We are not panicking, we are good: if we can find a player, or maximum two, who are going to make us better then we definitely want to do it," he said.

"We have to like the player, and the player has to be free, or payable and a good investment for the club.

"I'm happy with my squad, the transfer window is still very open and there's a possibility some players will come and some will go," Bilic added.

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