20 Aug 2015

Emergency Transfer: BR wanted to sign 'exceptional' £140k-a-week powerhouse to replace Henderson after Bournemouth injury

Last season, the Daily Mail claimed that on-loan Barcelona star Alex Song was convinced he'd sign for Liverpool this summer, and it appears that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is still monitoring the coveted midfielder.

Liverpool were last linked with Song in April, and according to The Mirror on Wednesday evening:

* After the injury to Jordan Henderson, Rodgers planned an 'emergency plunge into the transfer market' to find experienced cover.

* Rodgers allegedly considered making a late bid to 'hijack' West Ham’s deal for Alex Song (who reportedly earned £140k a week last season)

* With Allen, and Can in the squad, Rodgers ultimately decided that he 'has enough cover'.

Song is now on the verge of signing for West Ham, as confirmed by the BBC:

"West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, subject to a medical".

Another one bites the dust, it seems.

In my view, Song would've been a good signing for Liverpool - he is different to the other midfielders in the Reds' squad, and with his athleticism and power, he'd add something new to the mix.

Liverpool were linked with Song last summer, too, and if Rodgers had sealed the deal, the Cameroon international probably would've hit the ground running at Anfield and made an immediate impact (just as he did at West Ham)

Jamie Redknapp and Jamie Carragher are big fans of Song. In a column for the Daily Mail last season, Redknapp suggested that his performances were 'the reason West Ham [reached] third in the table'. He enthused:

"He [Song] is exceptional. Who is going to take him at the end of the year? He [Song] will have a lot of options come the end of the season when his loan from Barcelona comes to an end".

In an interview soon after, Carra interview, he enthused:

"Big, powerful and versatile, Song would definitely give an edge to any midfield. He was suited to the physical side of the game when he was here with Arsenal".

An 'big, powerful, versatile' midfielder, with 'exceptional' ability, who'd 'give an edge to any midfield'?

Clearly, Rodgers made the right decision to ignore Song. After all, Liverpool have Joe Allen, who also fits that description...right?

Author: Jaimie K


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