Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been making positive noises in relation to a potential reunion with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace next season.
“It went very well with him [Pardew]”, the Independent quote the France international as saying.
“I enjoyed it with him and he does a great job.
“The most important thing is to find fun. If I have to make that decision, it will be a pleasure to see my old coach.”
Acquiring Cabaye would be a superb acquisition for the Eagles as they seek to avoid another season of nosedive and belated recovery in the Premier League.
For the 29-year-old too, it would represent a sensible move in the season leading up to the European Championships in his native land, having found minutes hard to come by at the Park des Princes this season.
At Selhurst Park he would expect to command a first-team place from where he could advertise his wares to Les Bleus manager Dider Deschamps on a weekly basis.
Yet the suspicion is that a player of his undoubted quality, that rare kind of midfielder that can both create and destroy if necessary may be aiming low.
Cabaye looked close to moving to Arsenal in the transfer window before the one in which swapped Newcastle for the French capital but their north London nemeses Tottenham could offer him the ideal mix of playing time and gravitas.
His added class with the ball at his feet would make him a shoo-in to supplant Ryan Mason alongside Nabil Bentaleb for the Lilywhites.
Meanwhile Mousa Dembele, who would once have barred the way to the first team for many midfielders, seems to be a peripheral concern for Mauricio Pochettino.
The remaining engine-room operatives within the squad, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue have been mothballed to an even greater extent than the Belgian.
As such there is a glaring gap for a Cesc Fabregas style deep-midfield two playmaker in the Lilywhites’ 4-2-3-1 that Cabaye has more than enough quality to fill.