Barcelona have made former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song available on a free loan.

That could alert Tottenham, Everton and even Manchester United before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
Song ideally wants to return to the Premier League after being told to find a new club by Barca, despite being targeted by Galatasaray and clubs in Italy.

The Spaniards have put a knockdown £8 million valuation on Song’s head for a permanent transfer, but their willingness to send him on a season-long loan without receiving any fee is particularly appealing.

Liverpool were interested in signing 26-year-old Song last year and there are a number of English clubs that have looked at his situation this summer.

Tottenham remain hopeful of landing primary midfield target Morgan Schneiderlin, but if Southampton remain resolute in their determination to keep the Frenchman then Song is a possible alternative.

Everton are waiting to find out the exact extent of Ross Barkley’s knee injury, but may be forced into the transfer market if they receive bad news. Manager Roberto Martinez has already built up a good relationship with Barca, following Gerard Deulofeu’s successful Goodison Park loan.