Tottenham Hotspur are set to compete with various Premier League rivals to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has been heavily linked with a departure from French football.
According to the Mirror, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sees the French international as an upgrade on his current midfield options and is keen to bring him back to the EPL.
For his part, 28-year-old Cabaye is likely to be receptive to a move.
The former Newcastle United man has endured a tough season at PSG. Despite winning the French title, he was a peripheral figure for Laurent Blanc’s side, making only 13 league starts and having his campaign greatly affected by injury.
Competition in the Parisians’ midfield is intense, with the likes of Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot all competing for places.
When Cabaye has had the opportunity to play, he has looked out of sorts and somewhat off the pace; he was particularly found wanting in PSG’s Champions League double-header against Barcelona.
With the 2016 European Championships looming, the Mirror believe that Cabaye is concerned about losing his place in the France midfield and is seeking a move to ensure first-team football ahead of the tournament.
He would likely be an upgrade on Spurs’ current tertiary midfield options—Paulinho, Mousa Dembele, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue—who have all struggled to impress under the former Southampton coach this season.
However, would Cabaye be able to disrupt Pochettino’s first-choice duo last year, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason?
Beyond Spurs, Crystal Palace have already made clear their intention of moving for Cabaye [Mirror], while Newcastle United are also considering a bid for their former star [France Football via the Newcastle Chronicle].
An appealing option for Cabaye, however, may well be Arsenal. According to the Express, the Gunners are considering the player, and, unlike Palace, Newcastle and Spurs, could offer him Champions League football.