Alex Song
Liverpool have joined West Ham United in the race to sign Alexong from Barcelona on a permanent deal. Getty

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has urged Alex Song to reject a chance to sign for Liverpool and join the Hammers on a permanent deal in the summer.

The Cameroonian international is on a season-long deal from Barcelona and his contract at Camp Nou runs out at the end of the season. He has not agreed to sign a new deal with the La Liga giants, leaving him to join any club on a free transfer later this year.

Song has been linked with a move to the Merseyside club as the Reds manager Brendan Rodgers wants to add the former Arsenal midfielder to his squad for the next season. In addition to this, West Ham are also in the frame to sign him on a permanent transfer.

"Clubs might have a bigger history and tradition than ours but it is not always the case that they will succeed against you," Allardyce has been quoted as saying by the Mirror.

"In the end Alex moved to Barcelona which he thought was one hell of a move for him at the time and unfortunately he did not play, or as much as he wanted to."

"So it is fine being at these clubs but it is not that good if you are not playing if you are a footballer contrary to what most people think," the West Ham manager added.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes the Reds summer signing Emre Can will be a regular for the German national team if continues to impress at Anfield.

"There is big competition in Germany at the moment, especially in midfield," Hamann told Liverpool's official website.

"But he is a young lad and if he plays well for Liverpool, if he puts in the performances week in, week out that he is at the moment then I'm sure it won't be long before the manager gives him a call."

"I'm pretty sure, if he develops the way he has over the last two years and keeps doing that, sooner rather than later we'll see him in a national team shirt. He's a player that is needed in every team," he added.