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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Going for a Song

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Rumour has it Liverpool plan on spending the next six months chasing Alex Song, which seems more likely to be the work of an active agent or lazy rumour mongers than an accurate reflection of reality.

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Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in signing Barcelona’s Alex Song over the summer only for the player to end up at West Ham on loan and with it looking as though any Liverpool links had been entirely down to the payer’s agent trying to drum up interest in his client. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, to find that Liverpool are once again being linked to Song this month.

Reports in Spain, since picked up in England by the Telegraph, suggest that Liverpool could go for the out of favour 27-year-old midfielder once his loan spell is up at the end of the season. Which doesn’t make a great deal of sense, really. If Liverpool weren’t actually interested in Song last year, nothing he’s done for West Ham would seem to make it worth the club starting work on getting him six months from now.

Song had some good years with Arsenal but has been in something resembling football purgatory since he went chasing a place at a Barcelona. From bit part player to a solid half-season as a West Ham loanee, things haven’t gone to plan, and while it’s not impossible to imagine Liverpool being interested for the right price, that the rumours all involve waiting until the end of the season to tie up a deal make them hard to countenance.

For the right price, Liverpool might well end up with him come summer should Barcelona consider him surplus to such a degree they would sell on the cheap despite their transfer ban preventing them signing new players. He’s not a player Liverpool are likely to hold out for or plan their transfer strategy around six months ahead of time, and it's again worth recalling that the last time Song was linked the rumours turned out to be entirely spurious.

The safe money is on it being more of the same this time around, with either Song’s agent is trying to drum up interest in his client or it being a case of the rumour mongers in Spain simply recycling an old, previously debunked transfer story. Even if it were somehow true, waiting six months for Alex Song is hardly the sort of thing that would fill the average fan with hope and excitement.