West Ham have very nearly secured the services of Barcelona's Alex Song - and the deal might just be music to fans' ears.

The 27-year old midfielder will join the Hammers subject to a successful medical, the club's co-owner David Sullivan told the Knees Up Mother Brown podcast.

Song is a familiar face to the Premier League after having spent time at Arsenal between 2005 and 2012.

He is currently injured - and Mr Sullivan admitted the signing would be a "gamble" considering Song's medical history.

He told the site: "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.

"On his pre-Chistmas form he was possibly the best player we've ever signed. But after Christmas he was just another player. Maybe there's reasons for that and maybe we'll see the true Alex Song and maybe he'll make a huge contribution this year.

"We're short in that department actually, if we get an injury or two there's not much. So we'd like another senior pro in that position."