On the 30th August 2014, West Ham announced the signing of Alex Song on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
In one of the most surprising deals of the summer, Sam Allardyce was able to bring the former Arsenal midfielder to east London despite a summer of the Cameroonian international being rumoured with a move back to the Gunners as well as Liverpool and Marseille.
Needing numbers in midfield, Song joined West Ham on loan for the 2014/15 season on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window despite reported interest from other clubs, and journalists and fans saw it as a major coup for the club.
Here’s how West Ham fans reacted to the news…
What a day
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) January 7, 2015
— RUSTYHAMMER (@DeanoTy) September 13, 2014
— Malky Black (@Malky_Black) August 30, 2014
“@whufc_official: NEW SIGNING: Here is new boy Alex Song in his West Ham United kit! > Not the player we need but great signing nonetheless
— Aaron Chapman (@achappers1984) August 30, 2014
— jedd hunt…. (@jedd_hunt) August 30, 2014
— Tom (@Tomrg_) August 30, 2014
@whufc_official OMG YES!!!!
— Lionel Andrés Messi (@RowanFCB_) August 30, 2014
@whufc_official sign him permanently please I beg you
— indri (@indriyanizn) August 30, 2014
Being a defensive midfielder, Song had a busy season with the Hammers where he made 28 starts for the club and even taking up the captain’s armband in a few games as West Ham ended the season in 12th place
His consistent performances impressed the club so much that Song was signed for another season on loan in east London under new manager Slaven Bilic for West Ham’s final season at Upton Park.
News of a permanent deal between West Ham and Barcelona for Song was reported by BBC Sport, but nothing materialised as the weeks went on.
Song’s second season in east London was not as successful as his first, largely down to injuries, as West Ham ended their final season at their historic home with a belter of a campaign, finishing seventh in the Premier League table and securing a spot in European football for the first time in 10 years.
Just like the Boleyn Ground, Song’s time with the club came to an end at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, and after his contract was terminated by Barcelona the defensive midfielder found himself in Russia with Rubin Kazan.
Song’s time in Russia was not a pleasant one, though. The former Arsenal man was not a guaranteed starter for Kazan, and halfway through his second season with the club, his contract was terminated.
At 31, Song is still playing in professional football, currently in Switzerland with Swiss Super League side Sion.
West Ham fans, what is your favourite memory of Song? Lets us know!