West Ham dealt blow as AC Milan join chase for midfielder – report

West Ham loanee Alex Song has been linked with a summer move to AC Milan as they look to replace Nigel De Jong, who is expected to leave the Italian club in the summer.

Song, currently on loan from FC Barcelona, is with the Hammers for the season and the Premier League side are keen on making his move permanent.

However, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also interested in the Cameroon international, with Inter looking to Song as a potential backup option, should their pursuit of Yaya Toure fall short.

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Song is favourite to join AC Milan in the summer, according to the Daily Mail, as De Jong looks set to leave on a free after rejecting a new contract and is wanted by Manchester United.

Song, who joined Barcelona in the summer of 2012 for a reported fee of £15 million, has played 27 times for West Ham in the Premier League this season and has been a great asset to the side this campaign.

West Ham’s recent form has seen them drop out of the race for European football but they can still see their season as successful and signing Song on a permanent basis would also be huge for the East London club.

Should West Ham look to tie down Alex Song on a permanent basis? Would AC Milan be a better move for the former Arsenal man?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Manchester United

Premier League: West Ham vs Manchester United

Venue: Boleyn Ground – Saturday, February 8 – 4:15PM

Match Odds: West Ham United 14/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 19/20

West Ham United entertain Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United side in the late afternoon kick off this Sunday.

The Hammers have enjoyed some fantastic form at home so far this season, including that memorable 2-1 victory against Manchester City and will hope to beat the team from the red side of Manchester on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce’s men will be looking to get their European desires back on track after slipping down to 8th in the Premier League in what has been a very good season for his side.

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We have to look back as far as 2007 for the last time they beat Manchester United at home but they have shown their ability to perform against the big sides this season.

West Ham United’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 3

United are in for a tricky clash and judging by their away form this season we could well see them struggle to pick up all three points. Van Gaal has been keen to have his side put in steady performances away from home but has to start winning more on the road if they are to seal that all-important top four finish.

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West Ham ‘keeper Adrian will be looking to shine as he has done on many occasions this season just like his Spanish counterpart, David de Gea and with two goalkeepers in excellent shot-stopping form we could see a low scoring tie.

Manchester United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 6 – Lost 2

The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Manchester United edge it 2-1 in an exciting, attacking tie and we can only hope for much of the same this weekend.

West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/W/L

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/L/W/W

Key Stat: At the 23 game mark last season West Ham were sitting in the relegation zone with 19 points, compared to this season’s tally of 36 points in 8th position.

Key Player: Alex Song – The midfield powerhouse has been a revelation for the Hammers so far this season and must impact the game to ensure his side do not lose.

Score Prediction: West Ham United 2 – 2 Manchester United – Both sides have been susceptible to a draw this season and neither manager will want to lose any ground in the push for European football.

Bristol City vs West Ham United: FA Cup Preview and Prediction

Competition – FA Cup Fourth Round

Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium – Sunday, January 25 – 14:00

Match Odds: Bristol City 3/1 – Draw 13/5 – West Ham 19/20

Bristol City play host to the Premier League’s surprise package of the season, West Ham United, on Sunday afternoon in what should be a classic FA Cup tie.

Both sides had the trouble of playing a replay in the third round this month and could do without another one as both are chasing high finishes in the league.

Bristol City’s home record in all competitions: Played 17 – Won 13 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2

Bristol City lie second in League 1 and are looking good for a promotion this season. They come into the game in fine form off the back of an unbeaten run of seven and they have won six of those.

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However, Steve Cotterill’s men should see this game as a pleasant distraction from the league and a chance to cause a great cup upset in front of their own fans will be the target this weekend.

West Ham’s away record in all competitions: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3

West Ham have had a slight lapse in form of late but did well to overcome Everton in round four. The Hammers are unbeaten in five but have had to settle for draws in four of those matches.

They had Carlton Cole to thank in the replay against Everton as he scored within a minute of coming on, and then converted his spot kick in the shootout, and Cole could get a start at Bristol this weekend.

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Sam Allardyce’s side are bringing defensive problems into this game, as James Tomkins and James Collins are both doubtful, and the Hammers have not kept a clean sheet away from home all season.

These two sides last met three years ago when both sides were in the Championship and played out a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate on that day. The Hammers have not lost in any of the last ten meetings between the two, winning five.

Bristol City’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/W/W

West Ham’s last five in all competitions: D/D/D/D/W

Key Stat: West Ham has failed to win in their last seven FA Cup ties.

Key Player: Alex Song – Since returning to the Premier League he has settled into this West Ham midfield superbly and has provided stability, as well as a lot more freedom for Mark Noble. He should be the difference in winning the midfield battle if he starts.

Bristol City vs. West Ham United Prediction: Bristol City 1 – 2 West Ham United – The Hammers to edge it and seal their place in the next round.