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West Ham agree deal for Song

Song is set to rejoin the Hammers. Credit: PA

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says a deal has been agreed to sign Alex Song from Barcelona, if the midfielder can pass a medical.

The 27-year-old Cameroon international spent last season on loan with the Hammers and impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent move and a three-year contract, as long as the former Arsenal midfielder can prove his fitness.

Speaking to the KUMB (Knees Up Mother Brown) Podcast, Sullivan said: "We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical. If the medical is okay, we'll take him.

"He's a player we all admire and we just hope that the medical shows he's in a sufficient state for us to gamble.

"He couldn't physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it's just a technical thing and he's only a couple of weeks away you'd take that gamble and hope they're right.

"He's still got two years left on his Barcelona contract and you're signing a player on a three-year contract, so it's a huge commitment. He's a big earner, Alex.

"He's injured at the moment, which is something you've got to weight up. But we've got until September 1st to make a decision."


West Ham striker 'held on suspicion of assault'

The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday. Credit: PA

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of assault, it has been reported.

The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday, three days before he played 89 minutes in West Ham's shock opening day 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

Police held the player on suspicion of attacking a girlfriend in east London, says a report in The Sun.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers from Tower Hamlets have arrested a man on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and malicious communication.

"The 25-year-old was arrested on Thursday 6 August at an address in Emerson Park, Hornchurch.

"He was taken to an east London police station and has been bailed to a date in late September."

West Ham declined to comment on the story.

Bilic hoping Carroll will be fit in time to face Liverpool

Carroll could be fit by next month. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic is hopeful of having Andy Carroll fit in as little as three weeks - with the West Ham boss revealing the trip to Liverpool is a realistic target.

"Andy Carroll is doing really well," said Bilic.

"He will be joining the squad in terms of training with the team very soon. It is easy to predict (when he will be fit) but it is also hard - I ask the simple questions to our medical department but it is hard for them.

"He has been working for a few weeks but last week he was doing individual stuff without any problems so now the injury is gone. We just have to bring him in slowly, but as soon as possible to gain fitness.

"It should be, the target the medical department told me, Liverpool or Newcastle which is the fourth or fifth game of the season."

West Ham crash out of Europa League

Bilic's side are out of Europe. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic watched from the stands as his Europa League gamble ended with West Ham going bust and crashing out to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

The Hammers boss left a host of first-team players at home ahead of this tie - despite the fact it was hanging in the balance following a 2-2 draw at Upton Park a week ago.

Bilic was sent to the stands late on in that game and was not in the dugout as his Romanian roll of the dice did not see his side come up trumps - with Astra captain Constantin Budescu scoring twice in four first-half minutes to cancel out Manuel Lanzini's early opener and seal a memorable 2-1 win for the hosts.

Slaven Bilic stood by his decision to rest a host of first-team regulars: "You can't be sorry," he said, "You can't be like that. When you make a decision you stand by it and you know the consequences."

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