Tottenham are considering a summer move for former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song. The Mirror believes the Gunners' north London rivals could tempt the Cameroon international back to the Premier League after a disappointing first season in Spain, with Barcelona.
Song has made only 12 starts in La Liga this term and only 28 appearances overall, despite the fact the Catalans do have problems in the centre of defence and another defensive midfielder - Argentine Javier Mascherano - has filled in on more than one occasion.
To make matters worse, Song (and former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who transferred to Real Madrid in January) has been voted the worst signing of this season. Modric, a Croatian international, has improved since that poll by Spanish newspaper Marca but the former Arsenal man remains on the fringes of his club's first team
Ex-Cameroonian international Rigobert Song (a former Liverpool defender) has been quoted as saying his cousin has a desire to return to the Premier League.
Song's situation at the Nou Camp led to him being linked with a return to the Emirates but that was swiftly ruled out by Arsene Wenger, who also denied reports there is a buy-back clause in the contract that took Song to Spain.
All of this now means Andre Villas-Boas may look to reinforce his midfield with Song. Spurs do have Brazilian international Sandro, as well as other midfield options in Scott Parker, Moussa Dembele, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone. But if Song can re-create the form he showed in his last season with Arsenal - 11 assists and a goal in 34 games - he will be a welcome addition to a Spurs squad looking to play in the Champions League next season.
AVB Delighted with Bale Return
Meanwhile, Spurs have been handed a major boost with the return of Welsh international Gareth Bale, ahead of the crucial game against Manchester City. The 23-year-old picked up an injury in the UEFA Europa League match against FC Basel.
"I think there will be a fear factor for City. We recognise the impact this player has had for us this season. The run of goals that he is on can have that factor. It is good having key players around and players who have been decisive, especially in this last part of the season, is always inspirational for everyone. It is good to have him back," the ex-Chelsea boss said.
Spurs are fifth in the league table and chasing a top four finish for Champions League football next term. The White Hart Lane club are five points behind Arsenal in third and three behind Chelsea in fourth but do have games in hand over the Gunners.