Everton have joined West Ham in the battle to sign Alex Song this summer.
The midfielder is back at Barcelona after a loan spell with West Ham last season but has picked up a knee injury, and his return date is unknown.
The Hammers are still keen on Song though, but have changed their approach to a loan deal with a buy-out clause inserted, rather than the original £3.6million offer.
Everton however are happy to fork out the fee up front and so Barcelona could see that as a more attractive offer. Song is expected to favour a return to Upton Park, with West Ham openly admitting their desire to bring him back to London.
The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs have been linked to Song this summer but it looks to be between Everton and West Ham, depending on his injury.