West Ham are refusing to cave to Barcelona’s demands for £5million to secure the signature of midfielder Alex Song.

The east London side are keen to see him put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

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But The Mirror reports they are not willing to fork out an initial £5million – as well as his £70,000-a-week wage bill.

The Hammers face competition from fellow London side Chelsea in their bid to sign Song ahead of the new Premier League season.