Alex Song to West Ham: Hammers announce signing after co-owner David Gold drops huge hint

West Ham will announce new signing before kick-off today

West Ham have announced the signing of Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old Cameroon international struggled to hold down a regular place at the Nou Camp following a move from Arsenal in 2012 and returns to the Barclays Premier League with the Hammers - who paraded their new addition to fans ahead of the clash with Southampton.

Clubs throughout Europe were put on alert when it emerged Song would be allowed to leave Barcelona - with West Ham having won the race to take him to Upton Park on a temporary basis despite reported interest from the likes of Napoli and Galatasaray.

West Ham co-owner David Gold earlier excited fans by dropping a huge hint on social networking site Twitter.

He said: "We have just made a big signing, he'll be introduced to the supporters before kick off today."

Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham's other owner David, also Tweeted adding: "We have just made a MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SIGNING, he'll be introduced to the crowd at 2.52pm today!"

Liverpool and Tottenham were also mentioned as possible destinations but West Ham have won the race for the Cameroonian international.

Song revealed it was a conversation with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce that led to his decision to move to east London and he is targeting European qualification.

"When I spoke to the manager, he gave me very good advice," he told whufc.com.

"I had a very good chat with him and that's why I am coming here. We have to do better than last season. I think the club has very good ambition and I hope we can maybe catch the European positions, because that would be very good for the club.

"West Ham is looking to be a very, very big club in the future. The club has a great project and it is a very big project with very big ambition.

"I think it's great for the fans that the club wants to be one of the biggest in England. That's why I chose to come here. I always said that if I was to leave (Barcelona) one day I would return to the Premier League.

"It was a very hard decision when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League."

Song, who won one Primera Division title during his spell in Spain, is likely to be West Ham's final summer signing - taking the total of new recruits to eight.

Carl Jenkinson has also joined on loan while Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Diego Poyet and Mauro Zarate have been signed on permanent deals.

Allardyce said he hoped to complete one more deal before Monday's transfer deadline and, with the acquisition of Song, it would be seen as a surprise if any other new faces came in.

Song was sent off in Cameroon's 4-0 World Cup defeat to Croatia in his last competitive game and could make his debut in the Premier League trip to Hull after the international break, following in the footsteps of his cousin Rigobert Song, who turned out for the Hammers between 2000 and 2002.

Although Allardyce also insisted he did not foresee anyone leaving, bringing in Song leaves doubts over the future of Mohamed Diame - who has been heavily linked with a move to QPR.

PA

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