SONG COMPLETES HAMMERS MOVE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Metz and Salertinana star joins the Hammers in a deal worth up to £3 million with £500,000 rated striker Daniel Sjolund moving in the opposite direction.
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The 24-year-old who has been bought as replacement for British record signing Rio Ferdinand is confident of achieving success with Harry Redknapp's side.
"The squad is as good and you could say West Ham are more ambitious because they want to improve," said Song "Liverpool are a big club, yes, but so are West Ham."
Song, who joined the Merseysiders in January 1999 failed to establish himself at Anfield but he admitted that he held no grudges against the club for his lack of opportunity to play in the first team
"You have to respect the wishes of the manager and his team selection," said Song. "He brought players like Babbel in, but I still played 4 times for Liverpool this season, and I certainly don't think it didn't work out there."
The African star does not want to be compared with Ferdinand , who completed his £18 million move to Leeds over the weekend, but pledged to give his all for the East London side.
"He is the model, and you can't compare us," said Song. "I am different from Rio but I will offer the same hard work and desire to improve.
"I will be bringing my own experience and character to the club."
Liverpool are delighted to have secured the signature of the Finnish Under-21 striker Sjolund to Anfield.
Sjolund, who scored two goals against England in a recent Under-21 match, has failed to make the breakthrough at West Ham after a year at the club.
Reds boss Gerard Houllier is a big admirer of the 17-year-old and he is happy to add the highly rated star to his squad at Anfield.
"We have watched him for a long time and he is another potential player for the future," said Houllier.
"He is not the finished article yet, but he is an excellent finisher."