By Will Butcher
Barcelona star Alex Song has reportedly completed a surprise loan move to Russian outfit Rubin Kazan, after spending two years at West Ham.
ITV news claim that Song will join Javi Gracia’s side on a season-long loan deal from the Spanish giants, after West Ham decided against extending his deal with The Hammers.
Rubin Kazan tweeted a picture of Song smiling on its official feed, saying that a provisional deal with the midfielder had been agreed.
The former Bastia trainee had a fantastic first year 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.
The 28-year-old signed for the 24-time La Liga winners in 2012 for a fee of around £16million, but couldn’t find his way past Spanish star Sergio Busquets. He made just 29 La Liga starts during his two-year spell at Barcelona.
The Russian side have decided to take a chance on Song as he looks to rejuvenate his faltering career. With 12 months left on his contract, a loan move to Russia could be perfect to showcase his talent and find a new club next summer.
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, this South American star has agreed a move to the Olympic Stadium but the deal is far from completed.