Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.
Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.
Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer – but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.
"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.
West Ham will face Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu at Upton…