By Dominic Toner
Alex Song has joined Rubin Kazan on a free transfer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Barcelona and West Ham, it was confirmed on Monday.
Song, 28, has decided to join the Russian League and will not be returning to the Hammers for a third consecutive season on loan.
Song still had 12 months remaining on his Barcelona contract but the Spanish champions released the former Arsenal midfielder in order for him to join Rubin Kazan.
It was confirmed by the Russian club on their Twitter page on Monday.
OFFICIAL: Alex Song is now officially a Rubin player, after signing his contract today. pic.twitter.com/3eNGeA9w1Z
— Rubin Kazan UK (@RubinKazanUK) August 1, 2016
The former Cameroon international signed for Barcelona from Arsenal in 2012 for a fee of around £16million, but couldn’t establish himself as a regular at the 24-time La Liga winners. He made just 29 La Liga starts during his two-year spell at Barcelona.
He joined West Ham in 2014 on the first of two season-long loans and had a fine first season at Upton Park under newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce, but his form deteriorated last season.
Song made just eight Premier League starts after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of captain Mark Noble, Chekhiou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang.
Spanish football website Fichajes reported that Song was surplus to requirements at Barcelona and West Ham but Valencia were interested in a move.
The Russian side have decided to take a chance on Song as he looks to rejuvenate his faltering career.
Manager Slaven Bilic has already brought in a midfielder this summer in Gladbach’s Havard Nordtveit, while also signing Sofiane Feghouli, Ashley Fletcher and Gokhan Tore.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are awaiting a response after lodging a £15million bid plus £5million in add-ons.