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Hammers aim to keep hold of Song

West Ham hope to strike a deal with Barcelona to keep midfielder Alex Song at the club next season

On Wednesday the Irons confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria, the first player to join since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the new manager.Co-chairman David Sullivan said they remain very much on the case to retain 27-year-old former Arsenal player Song, who impressed on a loan spell last season.

"I can assure you we have not given up on Alex Song yet. Before Christmas Alex was outstanding and if we believe we can get him back to that sort of form and maybe with a new manager we can, we would very much like Alex to come," Sullivan said.

"We are very thin on the ground with midfielders."